A former NFL player shot and killed a doctor, his wife and two grandchildren before turning the gun on himself in a horrifying sce
A former NFL player shot and killed a doctor, his wife and two grandchildren before turning the gun on himself in a horrifying scene at a South Carolina home, according to the Associated Press.
Phillip Adams, who had stints with the Seattle Seahawks and New York Jets, opened fire at the home in Rock Hill late Wednesday afternoon, sources told the AP.
Killed in the shooting was Dr. Robert Lesslie, 70, his wife Barbara Lesslie, 69, two of their grandchildren, 9-year-old Adah Lesslie and 5-year-old Noah Lesslie, according to the York County Sheriff’s Office.
Adams died by suicide, the AP reported.
A fifth victim, James Lewis, 38, who was working at the home at the time, was also fatally shot. A sixth person, who was not immediately identified, was hospitalized with a serious gunshot wound, authorities said.
Investigators said they have identified a suspect in the mass shooting and detained him after finding him in a nearby home.
“There is no active threat to the community,” sheriff officials tweeted early Thursday.
The suspect, who was not immediately identified, was taken into custody following an eight-hour manhunt, The State reported.
Robert Lesslie had been practicing medicine in Rock Hill since 1981, according to his biography on Riverview House Calls & Riverview Hospice and Palliative Care, where he worked as the medical director. He’s survived by four children. He and Barbara Lesslie had been married for more than 40 years, The State reported.
Lesslie earned his degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and worked at facilities in Greenville and Charlotte, where he served as the chief resident at Charlotte Memorial Hospital.
The board-certified emergency medicine physician also specialized in occupational medicine and had authored several books on his experiences with patients, including “Angels in the ER,” which sold more than 200,000 copies, according to his bio.
“Dr. Lesslie lives in Rock Hill with his wife, Barbara, and their golden retriever, Moses, several miniature horses, goats, donkeys, chickens and a lot of bees,” the bio continues. “They have four grown children and eight growing grandchildren. He enjoys golfing, traveling and bagpiping.”
A spokesman for the York County Sheriff’s Office told the newspaper it’s unclear what connection, if any, the suspect had with the Lesslie family.
“We are all shocked this could happen here in York County,” spokesman Trent Farris said. “This is a mass shooting. Normally you think of a movie theater or a mall, but we are treating this as a mass shooting because there were five victims killed.”
Faris noted how prominent Lesslie had been in the Rock Hill community.
“He was my doctor, if that says enough,” Faris told The State.
Sheriff officials tweeted Wednesday they were looking for a “young black male” wearing a hoodie and camouflage pants after the six victims were found.
Faris declined to identify the alleged gunman or to give information about his condition at a news conference that ended after 1 a.m. Thursday, The State reported.
Lesslie’s family is asking for privacy as they mourn, Faris said.