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Ex-NFL pro Phillip Adams, 32, 'kills doctor, 70, his wife and their two grandkids' at their home close to his parents' in tiny South Carolina community of Rock Hill then shoots himself

Five including doctor and two children shot dead in South Carolina before police arrest

  • Former pro NFL player Phillip Adams suspected of carrying out mass shooting in Rock Hill, South Carolina, that killed five 
  • Victims named as Dr Robert Lesslie, 70; wife Barbara, 69; grandchildren Noah,5, and Adah, 8; James Lewis, 38, who worked at Lesslies' property, was also killed
  • Adams took his own life after midnight with a .45 caliber gun 
  • Adams' parents live next to Lesslie family, and Dr Lesslie used to be the football player's physician 
  • Adams suffered multiple injuries during his six seasons in the NFL, including concussions and a broken left ankle

    The gunman who killed five people including a prominent doctor, his wife and two grandchildren in South Carolina, was former NFL pro Phillip Adams, who killed himself early Thursday, it was revealed. 

    A source who was briefed on the investigation, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly, said Adams’ parents live near the doctor’s home in Rock Hill, and that he had been treated by Dr Robert Lesslie. 

    The source said Adams, 32, a cornerback who played six seasons in the NFL and suffered multiple concussions, killed himself after midnight with a .45 caliber weapon. 

    Adams is suspected of shooting dead Lesslie, 70, and his wife, Barbara Lesslie, 69, along with grandchildren Adah Lesslie, 9, and Noah Lesslie, 5, and James Lewis, 38, from Gastonia, who is unrelated to the family. 

    The Lesslies were found inside their home and pronounced dead, while Lewis, who had been working at the property, was discovered outside.  

    Former pro NFL player Phillip Adams allegedly carried out mass shooting
    Dr Lesslie was a well-known medic in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and was even the doctor of York County Sheriff's Office's spokesperson Trent Faris

    Former pro NFL player Phillip Adams (left) has been identified as the gunman who allegedly carried out a mass shooting in Rock Hill, South Carolina, that killed five, including his own-time doctor, Robert Lesslie (right) 

    Police were called to the home in the Rock Hill area at around 4:45 pm after gunshots were heard. Pictured above are some members of the victims' family, including Dr Lessie (center) and wife, Barbara (pictured by his side)
    Adah and her brother, Noah, were the children of Dr Lesslie's son, Jeff (pictured above)

    Adah and her brother, Noah, were the children of Dr Lesslie's son, Jeff (pictured above)

    Lesslie is pictured playing the piano with his granddaughter Adah, who was among the people killed on Wednesday

    Lesslie is pictured playing the piano with his granddaughter Adah, who was among the people killed on Wednesday 

    A SWAT vehicle is seen at the scene of the mass shooting on Marshall Road in Rock Hill, South Carolina

    A SWAT vehicle is seen at the scene of the mass shooting on Marshall Road in Rock Hill, South Carolina 

    Robert and Barbara Lesslie lived in a spacious home on a large tract of land with an estimated value of more than $1million (pictured)

    Robert and Barbara Lesslie lived in a spacious home on a large tract of land with an estimated value of more than $1million (pictured) 

    A sixth person, who has not been named, survived the shooting despite being shot multiple times. 

    WSOC reported that Lewis worked at Gaston Sheet Metal Services in Gastonia and that the person who qas wounded in the massacre was also an employee at GSM Services. 

    Faris said deputies were called to the home in the Rock Hill area around 4:45 pm.

    'We are shocked that this type of incident happened here,' Faris said. 

    No motive has been determined at this time. 

    'None of us can figure out why,' Faris said. 

    He added: 'It doesn't happen here. It's one of those strange things that a lot of people are going to have a hard time understanding and we just hope that everybody understands that we're going to do everything we can to try to figure out why this happened here in Rock Hill, South Carolina.' 

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