At least five people are dead after what authorities are calling a “case of a mass shooting” at a home in York County, South Carolina.
The victims of the Wednesday evening shooting near Rock Hill included 70-year-old Dr. Robert Lesslie and his wife, 69-year-old Barbara Lesslie, as well as their two grandchildren, the York County Sheriff’s Office said in a tweet. The family was “very prominent and very well known” in the county, York County Sheriff spokesman Trent Faris said.
The sheriff’s office added that 39-year-old James Lewis, who police said was working at the home, also apparently died from gunshot wounds.
A sixth individual was shot and is being treated for serious injuries. The identity of this person was not immediately released.
Authorities said they are still investigating a motive for the shooting, which occurred near the North Carolina border, southwest of Charlotte.
“We hope to share more information about this tragic event as soon as possible,” officials tweeted. “Thank you for your patience.”
The attack comes amid a series of mass shootings in recent weeks, prompting renewed conversations around gun control legislation.
President Biden on Thursday is expected to release six executive actions geared towards preventing all forms of gun violence, including through a series of Justice Department rules aimed at restricting the proliferation of so-called ghost guns, encouraging states to adopt red-flag laws, and tightening loopholes around certain modified pistols.
Sadly 5 people have died as a result of the shooting. Dr. Robert Lesslie & his wife, Barbara Lesslie were both found in the home & died as a result of gunshot wounds, as well as their 2 grandchildren. James Lewis of Gastonia, was working at the home & died from gunshot wounds
— YCSO_SC (@YCSO_SC) April 8, 2021