A suspect was found after an hours-long search for the attacker in a York County mass 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. Further details about the suspect were not 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.
A fifth victim, James Lewis, 38, from Gastonia, was found dead outside. Authorities said he had been working at the home when he was shot. The coroner said all five deaths have been ruled homicides.
York County Sheriff’s Office’s spokesperson Trent Faris said a sixth person was hospitalized with “serious gunshot wounds.” Faris said deputies were called around 4:45 p.m. to the home on Marshal Road in the Rock Hill area. Chopper 9 Skyzoom flew over the area and could see two medical helicopters and an ambulance responding to the scene before deputies asked our helicopter to stand down.
“We are shocked that this type of incident happened here,” Faris said. “It doesn’t happen here. It’s one of those strange things that a lot of people are going to have a hard time understanding and we just hope that everybody understands that we’re going to do everything we can to try to figure out why this happened here in Rock Hill, South Carolina.”
The sheriff’s office spent hours searching for the suspect before finding him. It’s unclear when the suspect was found, his name has not been released.
Shortly after the shooting, the York County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that detectives are searching for a man wearing a black hoodie and camo pants who was last seen in the area. Officials said he is possibly armed and dangerous and residents should lock their doors and stay inside.