Authorities said five suspects, including a doctor, wife and two grandchildren, were killed in a mass shooting in a South Carolina home that ended early Thursday, with the suspects being detained.
The sound of the gunfire at home in Rock Hill sounded around 4:45 PM Wednesday, prompting Dr. Robert Leslie, 70, his wife Barbara Leslie, 69, two grandchildren, 9-year-old Adah Lesley and 5-year-old Noah Leslie, according to the sheriff’s office. York County
The fifth victim, James Lewis, 38, who worked at the home at the time, was also fatally shot. Authorities said a sixth person, not immediately identified, was hospitalized with a fatal gunshot wound.
Investigators said they identified a mass shooting suspect and detained him after meeting him in a nearby home.
“There is no threat to the community,”; a sheriff’s official tweeted early Thursday.
The suspect, not immediately identified, was taken into custody about eight hours later, The State reported.
Robert Lesslie has been a medical intern in Rock Hill since 1981, according to his biography of Riverview House Calls & Riverview Hospice and Palliative Care, where he worked as medical director. He was survived with four children. He and Barbara Leslie have been married for more than 40 years, the state reports.
Lesslie was educated from the Medical University of South Carolina and worked at factories in Greenville and Charlotte, where he served as chief resident at Charlotte Memorial Hospital.
The board-certified emergency medicine physician also specializes in occupational medicine and has written several books on his experiences with patients, including “Angels in the ER”, which has sold more than 200,000 copies according to his history.
“Dr. Leslie lives in Rock Hill with his wife Barbara and Golden Retriever Moses, miniature horses, goats, donkeys, chickens and lots of bees,” the biography continues. Four grown up and eight growing grandchildren. He enjoys golfing, traveling and backpacking. ”
A spokesman for the York County Sheriff’s Office told the newspaper it was unclear how the suspect was related to the Lesley family.
“We are all in awe of what this might happen in York County,” said spokesman Trent Farris. Usually you think of a movie theater or a shopping mall. But we consider this a shot as a mass shooting because 5 victims died. ”
Faris noted how successful Leslie is in the Rock Hill community.
“He’s my doctor if that’s enough,” Faris told the state.
Sheriff officials tweeted Wednesday that they were looking. The “young black man” wore a camouflage hoodie and pants after finding the six victims.
Faris declined to identify the alleged gunman or provided information about his condition at a news conference that ended just after 1am Thursday, The State reported.
Lesslie’s family were asking for privacy as they grieve, Faris said.