Manhunt for ex-Marine in 6 killings drags on into 2nd day

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Manhunt for ex-Marine in 6 killings drags on into 2nd day
The man suspected of fatally shooting six relatives and leaving one injured during an early Monday morning shooting spree in suburban Philadelphia has been found dead.
This undated photo provided by the Montgomery County Office of the District Attorney in Norristown, Pa., shows Bradley William Stone, 35, of Pennsburg, Pa., a suspect in six shooting deaths in Montgomery County on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said all of the victims have a "familial relationship" to Stone. (AP Photo/Montgomery County Office of the District Attorney)
Police gather near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. The man killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
A poolice officer runs a line near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. The man killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police gather near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. The man killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police gather near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. The man killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police gather near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. The man killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police gather near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. The man killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police gather near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. The man killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police gather near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Souderton, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. The man killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
CORRECTS CITY TO PENNSBURG INSTEAD OF SOUDERTON - Police move near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. Authorities say Stone killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
CORRECTS CITY TO PENNSBURG INSTEAD OF SOUDERTON - Police gather near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. Authorities say Stone killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police gather near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. Stonekilled six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police move near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. Stone killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
This undated photo provided by the Montgomery County Office of the District Attorney in Norristown, Pa., shows Bradley William Stone, 35, of Pennsburg, Pa., a suspect in six shooting deaths in Montgomery County on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said all of the victims have a "familial relationship" to Stone. (AP Photo/Montgomery County Office of the District Attorney)
A gunman suspected of killing five people in three separate locations in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania is believed to be barricaded inside a home. SWAT officers and an armored vehicle responded to the scene as other authorities could be seen outside a home. Police say the shootings began early Monday morning. The first victim... a woman was found dead just before 4 a.m in Lower Salford Township. Two more victims were discovered shortly after that in Lansdale.
Police move near a home where a suspect is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Souderton, Pa. Police tell WPVI-TV the man is suspected of killing a five people Monday morning at three different homes northwest of Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police move near the scene of a shooting at a home Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Souderton, Pa. A suspect is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. Police tell WPVI-TV the man is suspected of killing a five people Monday morning at three different homes northwest of Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
A police officer moves near the scene of a shooting Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Souderton, Pa. Police are surrounding a home in Souderton, outside Philadelphia, where a suspect is believed to have barricaded himself after shootings at multiple homes. Police tell WPVI-TV the man is suspected of killing a five people Monday morning at three different homes northwest of Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police move near the scene of a shooting Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Souderton, Pa. Police are surrounding a home in Souderton, outside Philadelphia, where a suspect is believed to have barricaded himself after shootings at multiple homes. Police tell WPVI-TV the man is suspected of killing a five people Monday morning at three different homes northwest of Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
A police officer stands near the scene of a shooting Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Souderton, Pa. A suspect is believed to have barricaded himself inside a Souderton home after shootings at multiple homes. Police tell WPVI-TV the man is suspected of killing a five people Monday morning at three different homes northwest of Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
WPVI-TV reports that a gunman is barricaded in a house in Souderton, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Police were called after two people were found dead in a home. Three others were found shot to death in two other locations.
WPVI-TV reports that a gunman is barricaded in a house in Souderton, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Police were called after two people were found dead in a home. Three others were found shot to death in two other locations. (Reuters)
WPVI-TV reports that a gunman is barricaded in a house in Souderton, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Police were called after two people were found dead in a home. Three others were found shot to death in two other locations. (Reuters)
WPVI-TV reports that a gunman is barricaded in a house in Souderton, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Police were called after two people were found dead in a home. Three others were found shot to death in two other locations. (Reuters)
WPVI-TV reports that a gunman is barricaded in a house in Souderton, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Police were called after two people were found dead in a home. Three others were found shot to death in two other locations. (Reuters)
WPVI-TV reports that a gunman is barricaded in a house in Souderton, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Police were called after two people were found dead in a home. Three others were found shot to death in two other locations. (Reuters)
WPVI-TV reports that a gunman is barricaded in a house in Souderton, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Police were called after two people were found dead in a home. Three others were found shot to death in two other locations. (Reuters)
WPVI-TV reports that a gunman is barricaded in a house in Souderton, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Police were called after two people were found dead in a home. Three others were found shot to death in two other locations. (Reuters)
WPVI-TV reports that a gunman is barricaded in a house in Souderton, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Police were called after two people were found dead in a home. Three others were found shot to death in two other locations. (Reuters)
Police gather near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. Stone killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
CORRECTS CITY TO PENNSBURG INSTEAD OF SOUDERTON - Police gather near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. Authorities say Stone killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police gather near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. Stonekilled six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police gather near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Souderton, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. The man killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
A police officer stands at the door of a crime scene at a home Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Souderton, Pa. A suspect was believed to have been barricaded inside after shootings at multiple homes. Police tell WPVI-TV the man is suspected of killing a five people Monday morning at three different homes northwest of Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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PENNSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Schools closed and hospitals and other public places tightened security Tuesday as police in suburban Philadelphia hunted for a Marine veteran suspected of killing his ex-wife and five of her relatives.

SWAT teams and local, state and federal law enforcement officers took part in the search for Bradley William Stone, who authorities say went on a 90-minute shooting rampage before daybreak Monday at three homes a few miles apart.

"We will find Mr. Stone," Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman vowed.

Stone, 35, had been locked in a child custody dispute with his ex-wife, and Ferman said he targeted people close to him. But "there could certainly be a risk to others," she said, and she urged people not to confront him.

Philadelphia police sent a helicopter with body-heat-sensing equipment to help in the search.

As the manhunt dragged into Tuesday, at least five schools within a few miles of Stone's home closed, and other schools were put on lockdown.

The killings and the manhunt echoed another recent Pennsylvania tragedy - Eric Frein's 48 days on the run through the Poconos after the ambush slaying of a state trooper in September.

The rampage unfolded in the towns of Harleysville, Lansdale and Souderton.

Stone's former wife, 33-year-old Nicole Stone, was found dead in her apartment after a neighbor saw Stone fleeing around 5 a.m. with their two young daughters, authorities said. The girls were later found safe with Stone's neighbors.

Police discovered five more people dead in two other homes: Nicole Stone's mother, grandmother, sister, brother-in-law and 14-year-old niece. A 17-year-old nephew was wounded in the head, and Ferman said he was in "very serious" condition.

SWAT teams surrounded Stone's Pennsburg home for hours on Monday and demanded through a bullhorn that the Iraq War veteran give himself up. But he was gone.

Ferman discounted a reported sighting of Stone on Monday night in neighboring Bucks County and called off a search there.

Stone and his ex-wife had fighting over their children's custody since she filed for divorce in 2009. He filed an emergency motion this month, although the resulting Dec. 9 ruling remained sealed in court files.

"She would tell anybody who would listen that he was going to kill her and that she was really afraid for her life," said Evan Weron, a neighbor in Harleysville.

Ferman would not discuss the weapon or weapons used in the slayings and said authorities did not know if Stone was on foot.

Stone was probably wearing military fatigues and may have shaved off his facial hair, Ferman said. She added that he sometimes used a cane or walker.

"I'm (angry) because he could have come to my door and I could have taken him to a treatment center, and we could have worked this out," said longtime friend Matthew Schafte.

Stone was in the Marines from 2002 through 2008. The former sergeant's occupational specialty was listed as "artillery meteorological man."

Schafte said he was not aware of any injuries Stone may have suffered as a Marine.

Stone had faced several driving-under-the-influence charges, one of which was handled in veterans' court and led to a three- to 23-month sentence.

He remarried last year, according to his Facebook page and court records, and has an infant son. Neither his wife nor the son was injured. Nicole Stone became engaged over the summer, neighbors said.

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Dale reported from Harleysville. Associated Press writer Kathy Matheson contributed from Souderton and Harleysville.


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