PENNSBURG, Pa. — A man suspected of going to three houses in the Philadelphia suburbs and fatally shooting six people, including his ex-wife and her 14-year-old niece, was at large last night, and a prosecutor said investigators didn’t know where he was or how he was getting around.
Police found the cellphone and car of Bradley William Stone, who had recently been in court fighting with his ex-wife over custody of their two children. SWAT teams surrounded his Pennsburg home and pleaded through a bullhorn for him to surrender, but Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said it was unclear if he was there.
“As I stand here right now, we do not know where he is,” Ferman told reporters at an evening news briefing.
Later, police in neighboring Bucks County swarmed an area outside Doylestown after a reported attempted carjacking by a man said to have been dressed in fatigues and similar in appearance to the suspect.
The shooting rampage started before dawn at the home of Stone’s former sister-in-law in Souderton, and ended about 90 minutes later at ex-wife Nicole Stone’s apartment in nearby Harleysville, Ferman said.
Nicole Stone’s sister, Patricia Flick; her sister’s husband, Aaron Flick; and the couple’s 14-year-old daughter, Nina Flick, were killed in the first wave of violence, which wasn’t discovered until just before
8 a.m., Ferman said.
Their 17-year-old son, Anthony Flick, was pulled from the home with a head wound around 12:30 p.m. and transported to a Philadelphia hospital for treatment.
Nicole Stone’s mother, Joanne Hill; and grandmother, Patricia Hill, were killed next at their home in nearby Lansdale. Investigators were alerted by a hang-up call to emergency dispatchers, Ferman said.
Nicole Stone’s neighbors at the Pheasant Run Apartments in Harleysville said they were awakened around 5 a.m. by the sounds of breaking glass and gunshots coming from her apartment. They said they saw Bradley Stone fleeing with their two children and alerted authorities. Nicole Stone was found dead inside.
“She would tell anybody who would listen that he was going to kill her,” neighbor Evan Weron said.
The children Stone took were safe, Ferman said.
Stone, who’s white, about 5 feet 10 and 195 pounds, was likely wearing military fatigues and was known to use a cane or walker, but it’s possible he did not need them, Ferman said.
Harleysville, Lansdale and Souderton are within a few miles of one another. Police with armored vehicles and rifles moved to Pennsburg after spending several hours outside the home in Souderton where several victims were found.
Brad and Nicole Stone married in 2004 and filed for divorce in March 2009, according to court records.
Weron, the neighbor, said Nicole Stone would talk frequently about the custody dispute.
“(Nicole) came into the house a few times, a few separate occasions, crying about how it was very upsetting to her,” Weron said.
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