Law Enforcement Reflects On One Year Since Mass Shooting In Rock Hill

ROCK HILL, S.C. — It’s been one year since six people were killed at a home in Rock Hill, including a prominent doctor.  Authorities are releasing new details about the case.

At 4:44 p.m. on April 7, 2021, the bodies of Dr. Robert Lesslie, his wife Barbara, their grandchildren, 9 year-old Adah, and five year-old Noah, were found at their home on Marshall Road in Rock Hill.  Outside the home, two men, HVAC Technicians, were gunned down as they work.  38 year-old James Lewis died on the scene.  Robert Shook died several days later.

Investigators say one crucial piece of evidence left at the scene, a cell phone, led them to the shooter, former NFL player Phillip Adams.  Adams was found dead inside his home of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  After the shooting, many questioned if Adams was a patient of Dr. Lesslie’s.

“We were almost conclusively able to disprove that.  He was never a patient.  We couldn’t find any indication that they knew each other,” says York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson.

Dr. Lesslie’s son issued this statement as the community continues to mourn the loss.

“While we know there are no answers that will satisfy the question, ‘why’, we are sure of one thing, we do not grieve as those without hope.”