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Crime Former NFL Pro Phillip Adams Named as Suspect in South Carolina Mass Shooting That Left Five Dead

17:05  08 april  2021
17:05  08 april  2021 Source:   thedailybeast.com

Shooting suspect Phillip Adams played college football at South Carolina State

  Shooting suspect Phillip Adams played college football at South Carolina State Adams played in 42 games during his four-year career for the Bulldogs and was part of the back-to-back MEAC titles the team won in 2008 and 2009. From NFL plays to college sports scores, all the top sports news you need to know every day. Adams had a total of five touchdowns, nine interceptions and 108 tackles in his time as a defensive back and punt returner. In his junior season, he led the conference with five interceptions. In his final year with South Carolina State, he was a first-team All-MEAC pick and played in the 2009 HBCU Bowl before he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2010 NFL Draft.

The former NFL pro Phillip Adams has been named as the suspect in a Wednesday shooting in York County, South Carolina, that left a family doctor, his wife, and two of their young grandchildren dead.

a group of people sitting on a bench: Robert Lesslie © Provided by The Daily Beast Robert Lesslie

The York County Sheriff’s Office named the victims as Robert Lesslie, 70, and his wife, Barbara, who was 69. The two grandkids were Adah, 9, and Noah, 5. A fifth man who was working in the home at the time of shooting, 38-year-old James Lewis, was also killed. All five deaths have been ruled homicides by the county coroner’s office, and a sixth person has been hospitalized with “serious gunshot wounds.”

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Law enforcement confirmed that a suspect was found in a nearby home but released no further details about their identity, any possible motive, or whether they were found alive or dead. When asked if the unnamed suspect was a neighbor of the Lesslie family, York County Sheriff spokesman Trent Faris confirmed: “He lives on the same road.”

The Associated Press later named the suspect as Adams, and reported that he also killed himself.

The spokesman went on to pay tribute to Dr. Lesslie, saying that he’s one of the local community’s most well-known people. “I’ve lived in Rock Hill my entire life and Dr. Lesslie was my doctor growing up,” said Faris. “[He’s] been one of those people that everybody knows. He started Riverview Medical Center in Rock Hill... It’s been a staple in Rock Hill for years.”

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On his website, Dr. Lesslie wrote that he and Barbara were married for more than 40 years and they had four children and six grandchildren together. “In my spare time, I enjoy writing, golf, hunting, growing fruit and hops, and bagpiping,” he wrote, while also recounting his decades of emergency-medicine experience in Rock Hill as well as North Carolina.

The doctor was also the author of eight books about real-life stories from the emergency room. In one, Angels in the ER, Dr. Lesslie wrote: “Twenty-five years in the ER have taught me a lot of things. I know without a doubt that life is fragile. I have come to understand that humility may be the greatest virtue. And I am convinced we need to take the time to say the things we deeply feel to the people we deeply care about.”

Faris confirmed an investigation is ongoing, and said his community has been left shocked by the shooting. The spokesman said: “It’s one of those strange things that a lot of people are going to have a hard time understanding... We just hope that everybody understands that we’re going to do everything we can to try to figure out why this happened here.”

Read more at The Daily Beast.

Phillip Adams Shooting Motive Unknown, Officials Can't Confirm He Was Patient of Dr. Lesslie .
"There's nothing about any of this right now that makes any sense to any of us," York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson said. Deputies received two 911 calls around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday reporting a shooting at the home of Robert Lesslie, a prominent South Carolina doctor. In one call, a neighbor said he heard 20 gunshots fired at the residence.

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