South Carolina residents go through a nightmare. Former Patriots player Phillip Adams shots five people and kills himself early Thursday morning, April 8.
Dr. Robert Lesslie, 70, is one of the victims. Adams also killed the doctor’s wife, Barbara, 69, and two of their grandchildren, Adah Lesslie, 9, and Noah Lesslie, 5.
James Lewis, 38, was working at the doctor’s home. He had a gunshot wound and the police found him dead outside as confirmed by the Associated Press. Another victim was hospitalized with “serious gunshot wounds.” York County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Trent Faris confirmed the information.
The police searched for Adams and found him in a nearby home on Thursday. His parents lived close to the Lesslies. Adams “had been treated by the doctor.”
“We have found the person we believe is responsible, and we are with him at this time, and that’s all I can say about the suspect,” Faris said.
Authorities say Adams killed himself after midnight with a .45 caliber weapon.
Adams spent six seasons in the NFL and switched several teams. He played six games with the Patriots in 2011. Adams played with the Oakland Raiders from 2012-13 and this is his longest tenure with any NFL team. Adams was part of the Atlanta Falcons, New York Jets and Seattle Seahawks. He played just one game with the Seahawks in 2011.
In college football, Adams did a great job at South Carolina State. The San Francisco 49ers selected Adams in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft. In his career, Adams suffered many injuries and concussions. He died at 32.
The former Patriots player kills a popular doctor
Dr. Lesslie was a popular figure in the Rock Hill community. He treated Adams. Lesslie’s about page suggests that he was certified emergency medicine and occupational medicine physician and a co-owner of two urgent care/occupational clinics.
The doctor has been working for more than 25 years in emergency rooms in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was also a medical director of the emergency department at Rock Hill General Hospital for 15 years.
Dr. Lesslie won the Continuing Education award by the American Medical Association.
His bio has the following quote:
“One day, each of us will find ourselves in our own ER—a place of darkness, pain, and fear. It is here that we will suddenly be confronted by our own mortality, the death of a loved one, or some unexpected and life-changing occurrence. How will we respond?”