A North Carolina man who initially survived a mass taking pictures in rural York County, South Carolina, on Wednesday has now died, changing into the sixth particular person killed by a gunman who later took his personal life.
GSM Providers, the HVAC firm that employed Robert Shook, introduced his dying Saturday night time. The York County Coroner’s workplace additionally confirmed Shook’s dying in a press release.
“It’s with a lot disappointment that we announce that late this afternoon our beloved co-worker, Robert Shook, succumbed to his accidents and handed from this earthly world. We’re all heartbroken and our consideration should flip to comforting one another and Robert’s household,” the corporate’s house owners, Joel and Steven Lengthy, stated in an announcement.
The announcement added: “Please maintain his household in your prayers tonight and within the coming days as all of us face this collectively.”
Shook and his GSM co-worker, James Lewis of Gastonia, have been on the York County, South Carolina, residence of 70-year-old Dr. Robert Lesslie and his spouse, Barbara, 69, working when the taking pictures occurred on Wednesday.
Dr. Lesslie and his spouse died within the taking pictures, together with two of their grandchildren, 9-year-old Adah and 5-year-old Noah.
The gunman killed himself a short while later after a standoff with police.
Shook, who relations stated was shot six instances, used his cellphone to name his work supervisor at Gastonia, North Carolina-based GSM Providers for assist, regardless of his accidents. His supervisor then referred to as 911.
Shook fought for his life at Atrium Well being’s Carolina’s Medical Middle in Charlotte for 4 days. Docs informed relations from the start his possibilities of surviving have been slim.
His household and colleagues at GSM requested for the neighborhood to hope for Shook’s restoration Friday.
Heather Thompson, who spoke on Friday on behalf of Shook’s household, described her cousin as “Superman.” Shook, like Lewis, was 38 years previous and each males had three kids.
“He loves his children,” Thompson stated Friday. “He walks this earth and places these work boots on on daily basis for these three children of his and his spouse.”
Dr. Lesslie was a beloved doctor within the Rock Hill, South Carolina, neighborhood, a metropolis of about 75,000 folks. He had labored within the native hospital’s emergency room for many years and likewise began two space pressing care facilities.
The Lesslie household launched a press release by the native sheriff’s workplace describing their grief and calling for prayers for all concerned, together with the suspect’s household.
“We’re really within the midst of the unimaginable,” the Lesslie household stated in assertion. “The losses we’re struggling can’t be uttered right now. Whereas we all know there aren’t any solutions that can fulfill the query ‘why,’ we’re positive of 1 factor: We don’t grieve as these with out hope. Our hope is discovered within the promise of Jesus Christ. To that finish, our hearts are bent towards forgiveness and peace.”