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Five, including doctor and his two grandchildren, killed in South Carolina shooting

Five people, including a prominent 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 found a suspect following an hourslong manhunt, but authorities did not release the man’s name or any other details about him.

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 grandchildren.

Dr. Robert Lesslie of Rock Hill, S.C., who was killed in the shooting on Wed April 7, 2021.

The York County Coroner’s Office said 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, was working at the home at the time of the shooting, according to the agency. The coroner’s office saidthe man was 38 years old and from Gastonia, North Carolina.

An unidentified sixth victim was being treated for serious injuries, NBC affiliate WCNC reported.

At one point during the search for the suspected gunman, residents were urged to stay inside their homes and lock their doors. By Thursday morning, the sheriff’s office said there was “no active threat to the community.”

“We have IDed the person we feel is responsible for the shooting on Marshall Rd,” the agency said in another tweet. “We found him in a nearby house.”

It was not immediately clear what led to the gunfire.

Robert Lesslie was the founder and medical director of Riverview House Calls & Riverview Hospice and Palliative Care, according to the company’s website. He practiced in Rock Hill for 40 years and received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina, the website said.

He and his wife had four adult children and eight grandchildren.

Rock Hill is the fifth largest city in South Carolina with a population of about 73,000.