ROCK HILL, South Carolina.- A shooting in South Carolina left five dead and one seriously injured. A prominent doctor and three members of his family are among those killed.
The shooting occurred Wednesday at 4:45 pm at the home of Dr. Robert Lesslie in Rock Hill, northern South Carolina.
The 70-year-old doctor and his wife, Barbara Lesslie, 69, died at the scene along with their grandchildren Adah Lesslie, 9, and Noah Lesslie, 5, The Associated Press reported.
James Lewis, a 38-year-old worker, was found dead outside the residence. A sixth person was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
York County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Trent Faris called the scene “a very tragic situation” and He recalled the work Lesslie had done in his years of service to the community.
“He was my doctor as a kid. Dr. Lesslie has been one of those people that everyone knows. He founded Riverview Medical Center in Rock Hill and has been a Rock Hill staple for years,” added Faris.
After several hours, officers found the suspect in a nearby home.
Lesslie has been practicing medicine in Rock Hill since 1981. He received his degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and worked in the Rock Hill and Charlotte, North Carolina area.
Source to AP: former NFL player would be the suspect
A source told the AP that the suspect was Phillip Adams, a former NFL player. According to the source who preferred to remain anonymous, the man took his own life early Thursday morning.
Phillips reportedly committed suicide after midnight with a .45 caliber weapon. The athlete’s parents live very close to the place where the crime occurred.
According to AP, Lesslie would have been Phillips’ doctor, known for his participation in various teams such as the Atlanta Falcons, the New England Patriots, the New York Jets, among others.