The authorities have detained a suspect in a South Carolina shooting of five people, which left a renowned doctor and his two grandchildren dead.
The suspect, who has not yet been named, was detained by investigators from York County Sheriff’s Office at a nearby home on Wednesday evening, just hours after the deadly shooting occurred at a house in the Rock Hill area.
Officers were called to the home at around 4:45pm on Wednesday, finding Dr Robert Lesslie, 70, and his wife, Barbara Lesslie, 69, dead inside the residence, alongside their grandchildren Adah Lesslie, 9, and Noah Lesslie, 5.
Investigators also found the fifth victim, James Lewis, 38, from Gaston, South Carolina, who had been undergoing work at the house at the time of the incident, dead outside the home.
A sixth person, whose condition is currently unknown, was hospitalised with “serious gunshot wounds” following the incident, according to York County Sheriff’s Office’s spokesperson Trent Faris, who spoke to the Associated Press.
Mr Faris revealed that Dr Lesslie was a prominent physician in the community, telling reporters on Wednesday evening: “I’ve lived in Rock Hill my entire life and Dr Lesslie was my doctor growing up.”
He added: “Dr Lesslie has been one of those people that everybody knows. He started Riverview Medical Centre in Rock Hill and it’s been a staple in Rock Hill for years.”
Dr Lesslie had practiced medicine in the area since 1981, after receiving his degree at the Medical University of South Carolina. The 70-year-old was the founder of Riverview House Calls & Riverview Hospice and Palliative Care.
He worked both in the Rock Hill area and the nearby city, Charlotte, in North Carolina. He raised four children with Ms Lesslie.
The authorities said that the investigation into the shooting is ongoing and confirmed that “there is no active threat to the community.”