Prominent Doctor, 2 Kids Among 5 Dead in SC Shooting

Suspect was found in a nearby home
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 8, 2021 3:54 AM CDT
Updated Apr 8, 2021 6:41 AM CDT
Doctor, 2 Grandkids Among 5 Dead in SC Shooting
"It’s one of those strange things that a lot of people are going to have a hard time understanding," Faris said.   (Pixabay)

A suspect was found after an hours-long search for the attacker in a South Carolina shooting Wednesday evening that left five people, including two children and a prominent doctor, dead, authorities said. The York County Sheriff’s Office said the suspect was found in a nearby home. Details on the suspect's apprehension weren't immediately released. The York County coroner’s office said Dr. Robert Lesslie, 70, and his wife, Barbara Lesslie, 69, were pronounced dead at the scene along with grandchildren Adah Lesslie, 9, and Noah Lesslie, 5, the AP reports. A fifth victim, James Lewis, 38, from Gaston, was found dead outside. Authorities said he had been working at the home when he was shot.

York County Sheriff’s Office's spokesperson Trent Faris said a sixth person was hospitalized with "serious gunshot wounds." Their condition is unknown. Faris said deputies were called to the home in the Rock Hill area around 4:45pm. "We are shocked that this type of incident happened here," Faris said. "It doesn’t happen here ... we just hope that everybody understands that we’re going to do everything we can to try to figure out why this happened." Faris said Dr. Lesslie was a prominent figure in Rock Hill. "I've lived in Rock Hill my entire life and Dr. Lesslie was my doctor growing up,” Faris said.

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