Mass Shooting Inside a South Carolina Home Kills a Doctor, His Wife and Their Two Grandkids

Laura Beatham
Apr 09, 2021
05:00 A.M.

Five people were killed inside a home in South Caroline during a mass shooting, including two children and their grandparents.


Dr. Robert Lesslie, 70, Barbara Lesslie, his wife, 69, their two grandchildren, aged nine and five, and an air conditioner technician, James Lewis, were killed in Lesslie's home in Rock Hill, California, April 7, 2021.

York County Sheriff's Office reported to Lesslie property after 911 dispatchers received several calls about a shooting at around 4:45 p.m. Outside Lewis was found as well as his colleague, Robert Shook who was injured.

A photo of Dr. Robert Lesslie from WCNC. | Photo: Youtube/WCNC

A photo of Dr. Robert Lesslie from WCNC. | Photo: Youtube/WCNC


Inside the property, officers found the body of Dr. Lesslie, an author and renowned physician. His wife and their two grandchildren, Noah and Adah, were found in the back home of their house.

The official Twitter page of the York County Sheriff Office confirmed the deaths of the 5 victims. It read that all were killed from gunshot wounds and that Lewis was working on the home at the time of the shooting. The tweet said:

"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."


The suspect has been identified as a former NFL player, Phillip Adams, 32. He shot the two air conditioner technicians before forcing himself into the Lesslie home, where he shot and killed the Lesslie family members.

The second technician survived the shooting. However, Shook is currently in the intensive care unit on a ventilator. His daughter shared an update on Facebook and wrote that he had a long road ahead of him.


It is unclear why Adams committed the murders. Police tied him to the murders after they found something that connected to him on the property. Then they went to his parents' house where Adams lived.

Officers evacuated his parents from the home before trying to make contact with him. Adams was found dead in a bedroom of their home, with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. An investigation is still underway.

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