A Montgomery County, Pennsylvania shooting on Monday has left six people dead and another one wounded, according to authorities.
Officials suspect Bradley William Stone, 35, from Pennsburg, Pennsylvania. All of the victims at three different locations in Montgomery County are related to Stone.
Stone is 5’11, weights 195 lbs, and is known for walking with a cane.
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The district attorney’s office posted on Facebook, “Stone may be wearing military fatigues, in either sand or green color. Stone should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information about Stone’s whereabouts is asked to call 9-1-1 immediately. Do not approach him.”
Those who knew Stone are shocked at his actions. Matthew Schafte told ABC News, “I couldn’t believe it, because this isn’t the Brad that I know.”
Schafte described Stone as a veteran who loved his country. He also knew Stone had issues over a custody battle for his children.
The suspect of the Montgomery County shooting served for more than eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and was deployed to Iraq. He earned several medals for his service. His specialty was monitoring weather conditions to ensure military fire accuracy.
One of the victims was Stone’s ex-wife, Nicole Hill. She was shot near her children in her home in Harleysville between 4 and 5 a.m.
Hill’s next-door neighbor told NBC10, “I heard the kids say, ‘Mommy no. I want my mom.’ And I heard [the suspect] say, ‘Let’s go. We have to go now. We’re leaving.’”
The neighbor saw the suspect and two children, reportedly ages 8 and 5, running to a parked car. After the neighbor asked if everything was okay, the suspect said Hill was hurt and he had to leave.
Police found Hill dead inside her apartment.
The other homes the suspect visited belonged to Hill’s grandmother and sister.
SWAT teams surrounded two homes in the afternoon, believing the suspect to be barricaded inside.
Police are searching areas in and surrounding Montgomery County for the shooter. Officials are advising residents to stay indoors and keep their doors locked.[Photo Credit: mr.smashy]