South Carolina Shooting Leaves Five Dead

The victims included the doctor’s wife and two of their eight grandchildren. The police said they found a suspect, but the motive was unclear.,


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A doctor, his wife and two of their grandchildren were among five people who were fatally shot in a South Carolina home late Wednesday, the police said.

A suspect was found at a home near the shootings in the city of Rock Hill, S.C., Trent Faris, a spokesman for the York County Sheriff’s Office, told reporters on Thursday.

The police were serving a search warrant at that home, Mr. Faris said. The sheriff’s office said that they had identified the person responsible for the shooting but did not release the person’s name.

“There is no active threat to the community,” York County officials said in a statement on Facebook.

The sheriff’s office, in a post on Twitter, identified four of the people killed as Dr. Robert Lesslie, his wife, Barbara, and two of their grandchildren. The York County Coroner’s Office identified the children as Adah Lesslie, 9, and Noah Lesslie, 5.

The website of a medical office where he worked said that Dr. Lesslie, 70, and his wife, 69, had eight grandchildren.

The fifth person who was fatally shot, James Lewis, 28, had been working at the home. He was found outside the home, according to the coroner’s office.

A sixth victim was taken to a hospital with serious gunshot wounds, Officer Faris said.

A person who answered the phone at the sheriff’s office on Thursday morning said that no officers were available to comment further on the shootings.

A motive for the shooting was unclear. Officer Faris said there was no evidence of an accomplice.

Officer Faris said that Dr. Lesslie had been a prominent physician in the Rock Hill community and had started a local medical center. Dr. Lesslie had practiced medicine in Rock Hill, which is about 25 miles southwest of Charlotte, N.C., since 1981 and was a specialist in emergency medicine, according to the medical office where he worked.

The doctor had also been an active member of his church, a newspaper and magazine columnist, and the author of several nonfiction books about emergency medical workers.

“I view my medical career as an opportunity to go beyond simply diagnosing and treating individual patients,” he wrote on his website. “For me, it is a way to fulfill a higher calling by meeting the real physical and emotional needs of patients.”

Rock Hill, where the shootings occurred on Wednesday afternoon, has a population of 67,000. Officer Faris said he felt the tragedy personally because Dr. Lesslie had been his childhood doctor.

“It doesn’t happen here,” Officer Faris said. “So it’s one of those strange things that a lot of people are going to have a hard time understanding.”

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