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Five, including a doctor and his two grandchildren, killed in South Carolina shooting


Five people, including a prominent doctor, his wife and their two grandchildren, were killed Wednesday afternoon in a shootout in South Carolina, officials said.

The York County Sheriff’s Office said it found a suspect following an hour-long manhunt, but authorities did not release the man’s name or any other details about him .

MPs responded to a report of gunfire around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday at a residence on the 4400 block of Marshall Road in Rock Hill, about 27 miles southwest of Charlotte, the sheriff’s office said. Inside the house, authorities found the bodies of Robert Lesslie, 70, Barbara Lesslie, 69, and their two grandchildren. NBC affiliate WCNC reported that the grandchildren were 5 and 9 years old.

All “died of gunshot wounds,” the sheriff’s office said in a tweet Thursday.

The fifth victim, James Lewis, 38, was also shot dead, according to the York County Coroner’s Office, WCNC reported. Lewis, from Gastonia, was working from the home at the time of the shooting, authorities said.

A sixth person, who has not been identified by authorities, was being treated for serious injuries, according to the news channel.

The manhunt that followed the shooting continued into the night, prompting authorities to warn residents to stay inside and lock their doors. On Thursday morning, the sheriff’s office said there was “no active threat to the community.”

“We have identified the person who we believe is responsible for the shooting on Marshall Rd,” the agency said in another tweet. “We found him in a nearby house.”

It was not immediately clear what led to the gunfire.

Robert Lesslie was the founder and medical director of Riverview House Calls & Riverview Hospice and Palliative Care, according to the company’s website. He practiced at Rock Hill for 40 years and received his medical degree from the University of South Carolina Medicine, the website said.

He and his wife had four grown children and eight grandchildren.

Rock Hill is South Carolina’s fifth largest city with a population of approximately 73,000.





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