Two children, doctor among 5 killed in South Carolina mass shooting
CNN – At least five people were killed in a mass shooting at a home in York County, South Carolina, according to officials.
The victims of the Wednesday evening shooting included a doctor, his wife and their two grandchildren, the York County Sheriff’s Office said in a tweet. The family was “very prominent and very well known” in the county, York County Sheriff spokesman Trent Faris said.
Police responded to the home following reports of a shooting at 4:45 p.m.
“Dr. Robert Lesslie & his wife, Barbara Lesslie were both found in the home & died as a result of gunshot wounds, as well as their 2 grandchildren. James Lewis of Gastonia, was working at the home & died from gunshot wounds,” the sheriff’s office said.
The York County Coroner’s Officer said the grandchildren were 5 and 9 years old.
Faris said during a news conference that Dr. Lesslie was his doctor when he was growing up.
“Dr. Lesslie has been one of those people that everybody knows. He started Riverview Medical Center in Rock Hill and it has been a staple in Rock Hill for years,” Faris said.
Another person, besides the five who were killed, was taken to the hospital with “serious gunshot wounds,” said Faris, who described the incident as a mass shooting.
“This is a very tragic, tragic situation and the family does ask that you respect their privacy during this time,” Faris said.
Lesslie was the founder of Riverview House Calls & Riverview Hospice and Palliative Care, according to its website, and had been practicing in Rock Hill since 1981. In a personal bio page, Lesslie says he and his wife had been married for 40 years, raised four children and had nine grandchildren, CNN reported.
“In my spare time, I enjoy ?writing, golf, hunting, growing fruit and hops, and bagpiping,” the bio page says.
Authorities said they found the person they believe is responsible for the shooting.
“We have found the person we believe is responsible and we are with them at this time.”
“That’s all I can say about that suspect,” the spokesman added.
Faris said the suspect lives in a nearby house when asked if the person was a neighbor.
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