A doctor, his wife and two of their grandchildren were among five people fatally shot in South Carolina late Wednesday, the police said.
A suspect was found in a home near the shootings in the city of Rock Hill, S.C., about 25 miles southwest of Charlotte, N.C., and taken into custody, 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, he said.
The motive for the shooting was unclear. Officer Faris said there was no evidence of an accomplice.
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 website of a medical office where he worked said that Dr. Lesslie, 70, and his wife had eight grandchildren.
The fifth person who was fatally shot, James Lewis, had been working at the home. 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.
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 since 1981 and was a specialist in emergency medicine, according to the medical office where he worked. The doctor had also been a newspaper and magazine columnist and an author.
Officer Faris said the shooting was “a very, very tragic situation.”
“I’ve lived in Rock Hill my entire life, and Dr. Lesslie was my doctor growing up,” he added. “So that’s how this is kind of a little hard on me.”