ROCK HILL, SC (AP) – A suspect has been found after an hour-long search for the attacker in a shootout in South Carolina on Wednesday night that left five people dead, including two children and a prominent doctor, have announced authorities.
The York County Sheriff’s Office said the suspect was found in a nearby house. Details of the suspect’s apprehension were not immediately disclosed.
The York County Coroner’s Office said Dr Robert Lesslie, 70, and his wife, Barbara Lesslie, 69, were pronounced dead at the scene with their grandchildren Adah Lesslie, 9, and Noah Lesslie , 5 years.
A fifth victim, James Lewis, 38, of Gaston, was found dead outside. Authorities said he was working from home when he was shot.
York County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Trent Faris said a sixth person had been hospitalized with “serious gunshot wounds.” Their condition is unknown.
Faris said MPs were called to the area around 4:45 p.m. at the house in the Rock Hill area.
“We are shocked that this type of incident has happened here,” said Faris. “It doesn’t happen here. This is one of those weird things that a lot of people will have a hard time figuring out and we just hope everyone understands that we’re going to do whatever we can to try and figure out why this happened here at Rock. Hill in the south. Carolina. “
The sheriff’s office spent hours searching for the suspect before finding him. It is not known when the suspect was found.
Faris said Dr Lesslie was a prominent figure on Rock Hill.
“I have lived in Rock Hill my entire life and Dr. Lesslie was my doctor growing up,” Faris said. “Dr. Lesslie is one of those people that everyone knows. He founded Riverview Medical Center in Rock Hill and has been a Rock Hill staple for years.
A biographical page of Dr Lesslie said he and his wife, 35, had raised four children.
Dr. Robert Lesslie has practiced at Rock Hill since 1981, according to the Riverview website. He graduated from the University of Medicine of South Carolina and worked in the surrounding Rock Hill area and in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Rock Hill is a town in the far north of South Carolina, about 40 kilometers southwest of Charlotte, North Carolina.
The investigation is ongoing.
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