Dr. Robert Lesslie Bio, Wiki
Dr. Robert Lesslie and his wife Barbara, along with their two grandchildren, were among five people killed in a shooting in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The suspect was identified as Phillip Adams, a former NFL player, and had stints with the Seahawks, 49ers, Raiders, and Jets. He turned the gun on himself after the despicable act at a South Carolina home, according to the Associated Press. Adams died by suicide.
Killed in the shooting was Dr. Robert Lesslie, 70, his wife Barbara Lesslie, 69, two of their grandchildren, 9-year-old Adah Lesslie, and 5-year-old Noah Lesslie, according to the York County Sheriff’s Office. A fifth victim, James Lewis, 38, who was working at the home at the time, was also fatally shot. A sixth person, who was not immediately identified, was hospitalized with a serious gunshot wound, authorities said.
Dr. Robert Lesslie Background
Dr. Robert Lesslie was well-known in Rock Hill as a doctor, author, loving father and grandfather, and an active member of his church. According to his biography, Dr. Lesslie and his wife, Barbara, had four adult children and eight grandchildren.
He wrote at least a dozen books, including “Angels in the ER,” a collection of stories from his 25 years as an emergency room doctor.
Dr. Lesslie was also the founder and medical director of Riverview Hospice and Palliative Care. It serves patients in York, Lancaster, and Chester counties.
Dr. Lesslie’s biography page said he “received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and continued his training in Greenville, South Carolina and in Charlotte, North Carolina where he was chief resident at Charlotte Memorial Hospital.”
The board-certified emergency medicine physician also specialized in occupational medicine and had authored several books on his experiences with patients, including “Angels in the ER,” which sold more than 200,000 copies, according to his bio.
South Carolina Shooting Motive
A spokesman for the York County Sheriff’s Office told the newspaper it’s unclear what connection, if any, that Adams had with the Lesslie family.
“We are all shocked this could happen here in York County,” spokesman Trent Farris said. “This is a mass shooting. Normally you think of a movie theater or a mall, but we are treating this as a mass shooting because there were five victims killed.”
Faris noted how prominent Lesslie had been in the Rock Hill community.
“He was my doctor, if that says enough,” Faris told The State.