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US: Police ‘have found’ gunman who killed five in South Carolina

The assault left five lifeless, together with two youngsters, and a motive was not instantly identified.

A gunman killed five folks together with a outstanding physician and his grandchildren in South Carolina, prompting an hours-long search that led to a suspect in a close-by house, in keeping with authorities.

The York County coroner’s workplace mentioned Dr Robert Lesslie, 70, and his spouse, Barbara Lesslie, 69, have been pronounced lifeless on the scene together with grandchildren nine-year-old Adah Lesslie and five-year-old Noah Lesslie.

A person who had been working on the house, James Lewis, 38, from Gaston, was discovered shot lifeless exterior, and a sixth individual was hospitalised with “serious gunshot wounds”, York County Sheriff’s Office’s spokesperson Trent Faris mentioned, in keeping with The Associated Press.

“We have found the person we believe is responsible and we are with him at this time and that’s all I can say about the suspect,” Faris mentioned.

The AP and a neighborhood newspaper recognized the gunman as former NFL participant Phillip Adams. Authorities, nevertheless, haven’t confirmed the identification or if the gunman is lifeless or alive. The AP reported that Adams’ household lives near the victims and Dr Lesslie had beforehand handled him.

The newspaper, citing “law enforcement sources,” mentioned police consider Adams took his life after they surrounded the home he was in.

The capturing adopted a string of high-profile mass shootings in the US, together with an assault in Boulder Colorado that left 10 lifeless and an assault in Atlanta that left eight lifeless.

The South Carolina capturing additionally got here hours earlier than President Joe Biden unveiled a slate of government actions aimed toward curbing gun violence, as he has more and more referred to as on Congress to move extra lasting laws.

The US House of Representatives handed two gun management payments in March, however they face an uphill battle in the Senate, the place Democrats would wish help from 10 Republicans.

‘One of those people that everyone knows’

Authorities mentioned deputies have been referred to as about 4:45 native time (20:45 GMT) Wednesday to the Lesslies’ house in the Rock Hill space and spent hours trying to find the suspect earlier than discovering him in a close-by house.

“Dr Lesslie was my doctor growing up,” Faris mentioned. “Dr Lesslie has been one of those people that everybody knows. He started Riverview Medical Center in Rock Hill and it’s been a staple in Rock Hill for years.”

A biography web page of Dr Lesslie mentioned he and his spouse of 35 years raised 4 youngsters. He had been practising drugs in Rock Hill since 1981, in keeping with the Riverview website. He obtained his diploma on the Medical University of South Carolina and has labored in the encircling Rock Hill space and Charlotte, North Carolina.

Rock Hill is a metropolis in northernmost South Carolina about 40 kilometres (25 miles) southwest of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Authorities mentioned the investigation was persevering with.

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