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Phillip Adams, Former N.F.L. Player, Is Suspect in South Carolina Shooting

  • April 08, 2021

A neighbor shot and killed a doctor, the doctor’s wife and their two grandchildren inside their house in Rock Hill, S.C., as well as an air-conditioning technician who was working outside the home on Wednesday afternoon, the authorities said.

The gunman, Phillip Adams, 32, later shot and killed himself inside his own home as law enforcement officials tried to negotiate with him, the authorities said. Mr. Adams was a former professional football cornerback who had been on the rosters of six teams over six seasons in the N.F.L.

The authorities said he had fatally shot Dr. Robert Lesslie; his wife, Barbara; and two of their grandchildren. The York County Coroner’s office identified the children as Adah Lesslie, 9, and Noah Lesslie, 5. The website of a medical office where Dr. Lesslie, 70, worked said that he and his 69-year-old wife had eight grandchildren.

Mr. Adams also fatally shot James Lewis, 38, an air-conditioning technician who had been working outside the Lesslies’ home, the authorities said. A second air-conditioning technician was taken to a hospital with serious gunshot wounds, according to officials with the York County Sheriff’s Office. The technician, whose name was not released, was in “very critical” condition, the sheriff, Kevin R. Tolson, said at a news conference on Thursday.

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