YORK COUNTY, S.C. (WBTV/AP) – The gunman who killed five people, including a prominent doctor, his wife, their two grandchildren and a worker, was a former NFL pro Phillip Adams, the Associated Press reports. Adams killed himself early Thursday, according to a source who was briefed on the investigation.
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasnât authorized to speak publicly, said Adamsâ parents live near the doctorâs home in Rock Hill, and that he had been treated by the doctor. The source said Phillips killed himself after midnight with a .45 caliber weapon.
#BREAKING UPDATE: Suspect in last nightâs mass shooting was former NFL player Phillip Adams, who killed himself, @AP says. We asked @YCSO_SC last night about suspect, but no information was given. Was told an update would come in the morning. (PHOTO: @AP) pic.twitter.com/5fIbzVQmpB
Dr. Robert Lesslie, 70 (pictured below), and his wife, Barbara Lesslie, 69, were pronounced dead, as were 9-year-old Adah Lesslie and 5-year-old Noah Lesslie.
A fifth victim, identified as 38-year-old James Lewis, from Gaston County, was working at the home when he was fatally shot, according to the York County coronerâs office.
Deputies are providing an update after five people were killed — including children ages 9 and 5 — at a home in York County on Wednesday. Â» https://bit.ly/3uKLGOT
âWe are shocked that this type of incident happened here,â said Trent Faris, with the York County Sheriffâs Office. âThis is a very tragic situation.â
Dr. Lesslie was a prominent doctor in Rock Hill who published several books. Lesslie and his wife were married for at least 35 years.
Dr. Robert Lesslie founded the Riverview Medical Center and Riverview House Calls/Riverview Hospice and Palliative Care. The video below is from when I interviewed him back in 2017 about the flu season. An online bio says he wrote several books related to medicine. (3/5) pic.twitter.com/O52i9YwxKW
âIâve lived in Rock Hill my whole life and Dr. Lesslie was my doctor,â Faris said. âA lot of people know doctor Lesslie.â
The shooting led to an hours-long search for what officers called an âarmed and dangerousâ suspect.
The person deputies believe is responsible for the shooting was found at his home on Marshall Road. Investigators have not released a motive or said whether the alleged shooter knew the victims.
Law enforcement helicopters and drones were used to look for the suspect, who was later identified by an AP source as NFL player Phillip Adams. Officials asked citizens in the area to stay inside their homes and lock their doors during the search.
NEW: Residents in the area of 4400 Marshal Rd. YCSO is looking for a young black male wearing a black hoodie and camo pants last seen in the area of 4400 Marshall Rd, Rock Hill. Suspect is possibly armed & dangerous. Any contact or information call 9-1-1 immediately. #YCSONews
News – AP source: NFL pro killed five people, then himself in York County, S.C. shooting