Police were called to the scene following reports of a shooting at 4:45 p.m.
“Dr. Robert Lesslie and his wife, Barbara Lesslie, were both found at home and died of gunshot wounds, along with their two grandchildren. James Lewis of Gastonia, worked at the home and is deceased gunshot wounds, “the sheriff’s office said.
At the press conference following the shooting, Faris said he had lived in the area his entire life and that “Dr Lesslie was my doctor growing up”.
“Dr. Lesslie is one of those people that everyone knows. He founded Riverview Medical Center in Rock Hill and has been a fixture in Rock Hill for years, ”said Faris.
The doctor had been practicing in the region since 1981
In addition to the five people who were killed, another person was taken to hospital with “serious gunshot wounds,” said Faris, who described the incident as a mass shooting.
“It is a very tragic and tragic situation and the family asks you to respect their privacy during this time,” said Faris.
As for the suspect, Faris said: “We have found the person we believe is responsible and we are with them at the moment.”
“That’s all I can say about this suspect,” added the spokesperson.
When asked if the suspect was a neighbor, Faris said: “He lives on the same road.”
“There is no active threat to the community,” the sheriff’s office said. “Detectives are still in the area, serving a search warrant and investigating this tragic event.”