Five people, including a doctor, his wife and their two grandchildren, were killed Wednesday afternoon in a shooting in South Carolina, officials said.
The York County Sheriff’s Office said they have identified and located the suspect, but it was unclear if the suspect was in custody. The suspect’s name has not been released, but officials said early Thursday there was “no active threat to the community.”
Deputies responded to a report of gunfire about 4:45 p.m. Wednesday at a residence in the 4400 block of Marshall Road in Rock Hill, about 27 miles southwest of Charlotte, the sheriff’s office said. Inside the home, authorities found the bodies of Robert Lesslie, 70, Barbara Lesslie, 69, and their two grandchildren. NBC affiliate WCNC reported the grandchildren were 5 and 9 years old.
All “died as a result of gunshot wounds,” the sheriff’s office said Thursday in a tweet.
The fifth victim, James Lewis, 38, was also shot, according to the York County Coroner’s Office, WCNC reported. Lewis, of Gastonia, was working at the home at the time of the shooting, authorities said.
A sixth person, who was not identified by authorities, is being treated for serious injuries, according to the news station.
The shooting triggered a police manhunt that stretched overnight Wednesday for the suspected gunman.
“We have IDed the person we feel is responsible for the shooting on Marshall Rd,” the sheriff’s office said in another tweet. “We found him in a nearby house.”
Authorities said Wednesday evening the suspect should be “considered armed and dangerous” and warned nearby residents to stay inside and lock their doors.
Rock Hill is the fifth largest city in South Carolina with a population of about 73,000.