Former NFL player Philip Adams was identified by authorities as responsible for a shooting in South Carolina on Wednesday night that left five fatalities, including two children and a prominent doctor. Adams was found dead in a nearby home from a self-inflicted gunshot.
The York County Sheriff’s Office said the suspect was found in a nearby home.
The York County Coroner’s Office noted that Dr. Robert Lesslie, 70, and his wife, Barbara Lesslie, de 69, were declared dead at the scene along with the grandchildren Adah Lesslie, 9, and Noah Lesslie, 5.
A fifth victim, James Lewis, 38, from Gaston, was found dead outside. Authorities said he had been working at the house when he was shot.
Faris reported that sheriff’s deputies were called around 4:45 p.m. to the home in the Rock Hill area.
“We are surprised that this type of incident happened here,” Faris said. “It doesn’t happen here. It’s one of those weird things that a lot of people are going to have a hard time understanding and we just hope that everyone knows that we are going to do everything we can to try to find out why this happened here in Rock Hill, Carolina. South”.
The sheriff’s office spent hours searching for the suspect before finding him.
A very prominent and well-known doctor
Faris said that Dr. Lesslie was a prominent figure in Rock Hill.
“I’ve lived in Rock Hill my whole life and Dr. Lesslie was my doctor growing up,” Faris said. “Dr. Lesslie has been one of those people that everyone knows. He started Riverview Medical Center in Rock Hill and has been a staple in Rock Hill for years.”
A page from Dr. Lesslie’s biography describes that he and his wife of 35 years of marriage raised four children.
Dr. Robert Lesslie has been practicing in Rock Hill since 1981, according to the Riverview website. He graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina and has worked in and around Rock Hill and Charlotte, North Carolina.
Rock Hill is a city located in the extreme north of South Carolina, about 24.85 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of Charlotte, North Carolina.