PHILADELPHIA - An Iraq War veteran shot and killed his ex-wife and five of her relatives early Monday, terrorizing four communities in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and sparking a manhunt that continued deep into the night, officials said.
The suspect, Bradley Stone, 35, of Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, had a "familial relationship" with all the victims, officials said. Besides his ex-wife, he allegedly killed her mother, grandmother, sister, brother-in-law and niece.
The spree began before hours before daybreak and sent SWAT teams scrambling from town to town and schools into secure mode. Officers discovered bodies in homes in Souderton, Lansdale and Harlevsville. A 17-vear-old bov.
Stone's former nephew, was also shot and wounded.
Prosecutors didn't identify Stone as a suspect until midafternoon and then released only sparse detail, saying he was believed to be armed.
At a brief press conference outside the Lower Salford police building, District Attorney Risa Ferman did not discuss a motive and declined to take questions.
"We do not know where he is," she said.
County court records show that Stone had been in divorce proceedings with his 33-year-old wife, Nicole Stone, since early 2009. In early December, he filed an emergency motion for custody of their two daughters, believed to be teens.
Ferman said the first shootings occurred about 3:30 a.m. in Souderton, where Patricia Flick, the suspect's ex sister-in-law, her husband, and her 14-year-old daughter, were killed. Flick's 17-year-old son was shot and was being treated at a Philadelphia hospital, the prosecutor said.
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