Phillip Adams shooting 911 calls reveal moment NFL pro ‘killed doc & family after breaking into home & firing 20 shots'

TWO 911 calls revealed the moment a pro NFL player killed a doctor and his family after breaking into their home and firing "20 shots."

Defensive back Phillip Adams, who previously played for the 49ers, shot himself after gunning down Dr Robert Lesslie, his wife and two grandkids.

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The York County Sheriff's Office confirmed that Phillips killed himself at dead in a bedroom in his parent's home following the massacre.

Police said that he used a .45 caliber weapon and was found with a single gunshot wound to the head. During the attack a 9mm gun was also used.

911 dispatch calls that they received a call from someone "screaming that he had been shot."

A second call, from a man that was mowing grass, was released where a man told dispatchers "I think there's been a bad shooting."

The footballer was wearing a hoodie and camouflage pants at the time of the incident when he forced entry into the doctor's home, cops said.

His dad, Alonzo Adams, told WCNC "he's a good kid, I think the football messed him up."

"I don't think he ever did anybody any harm," he added, before saying that the doctor used to treat him "a long time ago."

The news comes as:

  • Five people died in the horrific mass shooting
  • NFL pro Phillip Adams was identified as the alleged suspect
  • The doctor wrote about walking with his wife in heaven in a chilling note
  • Phillip Adams' previous injuries are revealed
  • The footballer's criminal record is also unearthed
  • Fifth victim James Lewis is identified





Following the alleged incident, it was revealed that Adams had a rap sheet which included charges for carrying a concealed gun and assault.

Adams, 33, played in 78 NFL games over five seasons for six teams and suffered concussions during his time in the league.

The York County Sheriff’s Office said they had searched for hours before finding the suspect in a nearby home.

The York County coroner’s office said the 70-year-old doctor, and his wife, Barbara Lesslie, 69, were pronounced dead at the scene along with grandchildren Adah Lesslie, 9, and Noah Lesslie, 5.

A fifth victim, James Lewis, 38, from Gaston, was found dead outside. Authorities said he had been working at the home when he was shot.

His father, Tom, told a FOX46 reporter: "I keep on thinking I'm gonna wake up and this will all have faded away as a bad dream. A car goes by here and I'm expecting James to come crawling up. It's unreal"

In a statement, Lewis' employer GSM Services said that they are "heart broken from the events."

Lewis' parents told the journalist that he was fixing Dr Lesslie's AC when the incident took place.




York County Sheriff’s Office’s spokesperson Trent Faris said a sixth person was hospitalized with "serious gunshot wounds." They are in critical condition.

The victim was identified by WBTV as father-of-three Robert Shook. His family said that he is fighting for his life and has received multiple surgeries.

Phillip Adams was later identified as the alleged suspected on Thursday morning.

A safety and special teams player from South Carolina State, he joined the 49ers in 2010 as a seventh-round draft pick.

Rarely a starter, Adams also was with New England, Seattle, Oakland and the New York Jets, finishing his career with the Atlanta Falcons in 2015.

As a rookie late in the 2010 season, Adams suffered a severe ankle injury that required surgery that included several screws being inserted into the leg.

He never played for the 49ers again, getting released just before the 2011 season began and signing with New England.

He moved next to the Raiders, where he had 2 concussions in a 3-game period in 2012.

Whether Adams suffered long-lasting injuries from his concussions as a player wasn’t immediately clear.




Adams would not have been eligible for testing as part of a broad settlement between the league and its former players over such injuries, because he hadn’t retired by 2014.

Adams' mother, Phyllis Paden Adams, was involved in a horrific car accident in 2009 that left her profoundly disabled and wheelchair-bound.

At South Carolina State University at the time, Adams was delivered the news the day before a key match by his roommate, SCS linebacker David Erby.

"David Erby called me, and said my dad was trying to call me, that he couldn’t get in contact with me," Adams recounted for local media at the time. "He told me my mom had been in an accident."

Adams said he arrived at the hospital to find his mother in good spirits, despite her severe injuries. The pair prayed together, and she told her son she wanted him to play in the match the following day.

In the months that followed, watching his mother undergo rehab and work her way from a bed to an electric wheelchair, Adams said his mom inspired him to continue to work hard towards his NFL dream.

"[My mother] is my motivation," he said back in 2010. "We can look through life, and you go through adversity. This is one of the biggest things I have had to deal with."

Adams was arrested and charged for carrying a concealed gun on July 15, 2016, with online records showing his mugshot. The outcome of the case is unknown. 




He was later arrested for simple assault and battery in 2009 but was found not guilty at trial and the case was disposed.

However, Adams has since been accused as the alleged South Carolina shooter that killed five people on Wednesday night.

Faris said deputies were called to the area around 4.45pm to the home in the Rock Hill area.

"We are shocked that this type of incident happened here," Faris said.

"It doesn’t happen here. It’s one of those strange things that a lot of people are going to have a hard time understanding and we just hope that everybody understands that we’re going to do everything we can to try to figure out why this happened here in Rock Hill, South Carolina."

The sheriff’s office spent hours searching for the suspect before finding him. It’s unclear when the suspect was found.

Faris said Dr. Lesslie was a prominent figure in Rock Hill.

“I’ve lived in Rock Hill my entire life and Dr. Lesslie was my doctor growing up,” Faris said.

“Dr. Lesslie has been one of those people that everybody knows. He started Riverview Medical Center in Rock Hill and it’s been a staple in Rock Hill for years.”

A biography page of Dr. Lesslie said he and his wife of 35 years raised four children.




Dr. Robert Lesslie has been practicing in Rock Hill since 1981, according to the Riverview website.

He received his degree at the Medical University of South Carolina and has worked in the surrounding Rock Hill area and Charlotte, North Carolina.

A note was published onto the doctor's Facebook page following the news of his death, providing "words that he recently wrote" before he "passed into glory."

"One day, when I depart this body and find myself in the presence of the Lord, my time, however it will be measured, will be filled with the praises and the wonder of Jesus," the note began.

"I know that I will once again be able to hug my mother and walk and talk with my father. There are a lot of people I want to see as well—family and friends, grandparents, some of whom I never met on this side."

The chilling note went on to mention walking with his wife, who died alongside him yesterday, in heaven.

"We have no idea what Heaven will look like, only that it will be perfect," he wrote.

"And because of that I know that one day, when I’ve experienced the presence and joy of that surrounding host of saints, I will find myself walking with Barbara in a field of lush, green grass, surrounded by gently rising conifer-cloaked hills."

The Lesslie family have since released a statement, saying: "We are truly in the midst of the unimaginable.

"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."

They added that their "hearts are bent towards forgiveness and peace, toward love and connectedness, toward celebration and unity."

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