Tragedy struck Rock Hill and York County, Wednesday afternoon in the form of a mass shooting on Marshall Road. 5 people are dead, including children, ages 5 and 9 years old. One person was injured and airlifted to the hospital with serious gunshot wounds. Their condition is not available at this time.
York County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Trent Faris, early Thursday morning, said they have identified the person they feel is responsible for the shooting. They found him in a nearby home where Faris said he lives. In earlier social media posts the suspect was a black male wearing a black hoodie and camo pants. They searched for the suspect for several hours before locating him. Detectives were serving a search warrant at the home early Thursday morning. Faris said they were ‘with the suspect,’ but would not clarify if he was dead or alive.
According to the York County Coroner’s Office the victims include 60 year old Dr. Robert Lesslie and his wife 59-year-old Barbara Lesslie, along with two of their grandchildren. A fifth victim was found deceased outside of the home. James Lewis, a 38-year-old from Gastonia, was working at the home at the time of the incident.
York County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Trent Faris says Deputies responded to a home on the 4400 block of Marshall road at 4:45 p.m. for a shooting call. A reverse 911 call was sent out to all residents within a 1 mile radius of the area. Residents were asked to stay inside their homes and report anything suspicious.
“We are shocked that this type of incident happened in our area in Rock Hill, especially with the amount of people who were involved,” said Faris.
The York County Sheriff’s Office has no reason to believe anyone else was involved in the crime and they do not yet have leads on a motive.
“None of us can figure out why at the moment,” said Faris.
The incident remains under investigation.