Sixth victim dies from shooting by ex-NFL player in South Carolina home
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[April 12, 2021]
(Reuters) - An air conditioning
technician has become the sixth person to die after being shot by a
former National Football League player at a South Carolina home last
Wednesday, the county coroner said.
Robert Shook, 38, was shot in the driveway of the Rock Hill, South
Carolina home where he had been working, the York County sheriff said,
and he died from his wounds on Saturday.
The gunman, whom officials identified as Phillip Adams, 32, opened fire
at the home of doctor Robert Lesslie, killing Lesslie, 70, his wife
Barbara Lesslie, 69, two of their grandchildren, 9-year-old Adah Lesslie
and 5-year-old Noah Lesslie, and James Lewis, 38, another air
conditioning technician, the county sheriff's office said.
"We are all heart broken," the men's employer GSM Services posted on
Facebook on Saturday.
Adams, who left the National Football League more than five years ago,
died from a single gunshot to the head at his home a short distance from
the murder scene. Investigators have not identified a motive for the
"We have probably more questions than you do right now," York County
Sheriff Kevin Tolson told reporters on Thursday.
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A member of the York County Sheriff's Office guards the entrance to
the home where prominent physician Dr. Robert Lesslie, his wife, two
grandchildren and another man were shot and killed by former NFL
player Phillip Adams in Rock Hill, South Carolina, U.S. April 8,
2021. REUTERS/Sam Wolfe/File Photo
There was no indication that Adams had any relationship with Lesslie
or his family, Tolson said.
The gunman's father, Alonzo Adams, suggested the shooting outburst
was the result of injuries his son sustained during his football
career, in which he played as a defensive back with five teams,
finishing with the Atlanta Falcons in 2015.
"I think the football messed him up," he told WCNC-TV in Charlotte,
Asked to comment, an NFL spokesman said, "Our hearts go out to the
families and friends of the victims of this devastating tragedy."
(Reporting by Gabriella Borter; editing by Grant McCool)
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