According to authorities, at least five people were killed, including two children, in a shooting inside a home in South Carolina on Wednesday evening.
A sixth person was taken to the hospital with “serious gunshot wounds,” according to Trent Faris, a spokesman for the York County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities said they had apprehended the suspect in the shooting in Rock Hill, North Carolina, about 25 miles southwest of Charlotte.
“We believe we have identified the person responsible for the shooting on Marshall Rd. We discovered him in a nearby house. There is currently no active threat to the community “The York County Sheriff’s Office issued a tweet. “Detectives are still in the area serving a search warrant & investigating this tragic event.”
The victims have been identified as Dr. Robert Lesslie, 70, his wife, Barbara Lesslie, 69, their two grandchildren, and James Lewis, 39, who was working at the house when he was hit by gunfire, according to the sheriff’s office. Lewis was discovered dead outside the house.
According to the York County coroner’s office, the grandchildren were 5 and 9 years old. For years, Faris referred to Dr. Lesslie as a “staple” in Rock Hill.
“I’ve lived in Rock Hill my entire life and Dr. Lesslie was my doctor growing up,” Faris explained. “Dr. Lesslie is one of those people who everyone knows. In Rock Hill, he founded Riverview Medical Center.”
Deputies were dispatched to a home around 4:45 p.m. after receiving a report of a shooting involving multiple people. Faris stated that he was “shocked that this type of incident” that such an incident occurred in Rock Hill.
“It does not occur here. It’s one of those strange things that a lot of people will find difficult to comprehend, and we just hope that everyone understands that we’re going to do everything we can to figure out why this happened here “Faris stated.
Following the shooting, an hours-long manhunt ensued. The sheriff’s office described the suspect as “possibly armed & dangerous.” during the search. Residents were advised to remain inside their homes and to lock their doors.
It was not clear when the suspect was apprehended. Faris refused to identify the suspect or provide information about his or her condition.
“We hope to share more information about this tragic event as soon as possible,” the sheriff’s office stated in a statement. “Thank you for your patience.”