Former NFL pro Phillip Adams reportedly killed a prominent South Carolina doctor, his wife, their two young grandchildren and a man who was working at the home at the time — before reportedly killing himself — according to a source who was briefed on the investigation.
The mass murder took place in Rock Hill, S.C. A source close to the investigation (who spoke on the condition of anonymity) confirmed Adams’ identity to The Associated Press on Thursday. Adams’ parents lived near Rock Hill, and the football player had been treated by the doctor at one point, according to the report.
The source noted that Phillips killed himself shortly after midnight with a .45 caliber weapon. The York County Sheriff’s Office said it had searched for hours before finding the suspect in a nearby home.
Sadly 5 people have died as a result of the shooting. Dr. Robert Lesslie & his wife, Barbara Lesslie were both found in the home & died as a result of gunshot wounds, as well as their 2 grandchildren. James Lewis of Gastonia, was working at the home & died from gunshot wounds— YCSO_SC (@YCSO_SC) April 8, 2021
The Sheriff’s office said the 70-year-old doctor, Robert Lesslie, and his wife, Barbara, were pronounced dead at the scene as well as their 9-year-old and 5-year-old grandchildren. The worker, James Lewis, was found shot to death outside of the home.
A sixth unidentified person was hospitalized with “serious gunshot wounds,” York County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Trent Faris said. Faris called Dr. Lesslie a “staple” in the Rock Hill community “for years,” according to the AP.
"I’ve lived in Rock Hill my entire life and Dr. Lesslie was my doctor growing up," Faris said. "Dr. Lesslie has been one of those people that everybody knows. He started Riverview Medical Center in Rock Hill."
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— YCSO_SC (@YCSO_SC) April 7, 2021
Farris said deputies were called around 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday to the Lesslies’ home in the Rock Hill area, following a report of a shooting involving multiple individuals.
Adams played in 78 NFL games over a span of five years for six different teams. He hailed from South Carolina State and joined the San Francisco 49ers in 2010 as a seventh-round draft pick, according to KTLA.
The 33-year-old went on to play with New England, Seattle, Atlanta, Oakland and the New York Jets, before ending his NFL career in 2015. Adams reportedly suffered a severe left ankle injury during the second-to-last game of the 49ers 2010 season and two concussions over the course of three games in the 2012 season with the Raiders.