DA: Ex-Wife, Her Family Members Killed By Military Veteran And Suspect Bradley William Stone In Montco Murder Spree

Authorities are still searching for the gunman who left six people dead in three Montgomery County shootings this morning, but a SWAT team has stormed a Pennsburg home in search of the suspect.

The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office said police are looking for 35-year-old Bradley William Stone, of Pennsburg, in the killings. Three others were seriously wounded, officials said.

All of the victims have a “familial relationship” to Stone, prosecutors said. They were identified at a 6 p.m. press conference as Stone’s ex-wife, her sister and her sister’s husband, the sister’s teenage daughter, Stone’s former mother-in-law and a grandmother. A teenage son of the ex-wife’s sister was injured in the mayhem that occurred at two separate homes in two towns early this morning.

Montgomery County Court records show Stone had been entangled in divorce proceedings with his wife, Nicole A. Stone, since early 2009. The divorce was finalized in December 2012. Less than two weeks ago, he filed an emergency motion for custody.

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Officials ID Guardsman Found Dead After Police Standoff

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LOWER POTTSGROVE — An autopsy was performed Thursday on the body of a township man found inside his home after a 5½-hour standoff on Wednesday.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s office finished the autopsy on Thomas A. Hripto at 4 p.m. Thursday, but a spokesman said the coroner was not prepared to release the exact cause of death.

The incident began Wednesday morning when Pennsylvania National Guard representatives went to the 1300 block of Lynn Drive to perform a well-being check on a solider they believed to be AWOL.

Township police officers who were assisting the National Guard Command staff with the check on Hripto reported hearing a gunshot from inside the house at 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday.

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Police Standoff With Caln Township Resident Ends In Tragedy

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CALN TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A three-hour police standoff in the first block of Brighton Court in the Wedgewood Estates Development ended Monday evening with a township man reportedly committing suicide, police said.

Caln Police Lt. Jeffrey Nash said police went to the residence to interview a suspect on a criminal matter about 3 p.m. and failed to contact him. At that point a crisis management team was called and they, too, failed to contact him. About 6 p.m., a SWAT team entered the home and found Gerald Redden, 39, dead in the basement with a reported self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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