9 mm handgun  Deaths. But before the event, Kirk said, a representative for the Lesslie family told him he no longer would be needed at the event. 2021 / 12:37 PM EDT. Contributors include AP Pro Football Writers Barry Wilner in New York and Rob Maaddi in Philadelphia; Sports writer Josh Dubow in Alameda, Calif.; Legal affairs writer Maryclaire Dale in Philadelphia and Nell Redmond in Rock Hill. Moments later, a vehicle pulled into the Adams' driveway and law enforcement quickly surrounded the property. As the York County community mourned, Rock Hill and the shooting attracted headlines around the country. A second employee wasn't moving, the man told 911 operators in a call played by authorities during a news conference. And when he does sleep, he dreams of his son, who was his best friend. She said Adams had a severe case of it. Five people are dead, including a doctor and two of his grandchildren, following a shooting at a home in Rock Hill, South Carolina, on Wednesday afternoon, according to the York County Sheriff's Office. The people that they dedicate to the benefits are spread very thin. As a rookie, Adams suffered a severe ankle injury and never played for the 49ers again. Lewis and Shook were at the Lesslie home to do HVAC work. cornerback, went to the Rock Hill, S.C., home of a prominent doctor and shot everybody he saw before . But I did not teach my children to shoot guns, he said. "I saw one person laying on the ground.". There also are neurocognitive benefits, worth approximately $36,000 to $60,000 a year, and total and permanent disability benefits worth approximately $60,000 to $265,000. As noted by the authors, there are still many unanswered questions relating to the cause, incidence and prevalence of long-term effects of head trauma such as CTE. I can't fathom it. Local Here's what we know about the mass shooting in Rock Hill April 08, 2021 2:12 PM . Example video title will go here for this video. Please call 911the man told a 911 operator. 0:59. His mental health degraded fast and terribly bad, Lauren Adams told USA TODAY Sports of Phillip Adams, a cornerback who played in the NFL between 2010 and 2015. He started Riverview Medical Center in Rock Hill and it's been a staple in Rock Hill for years.". He moved next to the Raiders, where he had two concussions in a three game period in 2012. At least 51 involved domestic or juvenile victims. Related stories from Charlotte Observer. The NFL is committed to supporting scientific research into CTE and advancing progress in the prevention and treatment of head injuries. Thomas Lewis, who is the father of James Lewis, said time doesn't heal all wounds, but he's learning to live with the loss. Lewis was working at the home for acompany that specializes in air conditioning, roof and heating repair, police said. What happens next for in acommunity that has struggled with race relations? She said they spent hours negotiating with the gunman, using a loudspeaker and sending in a robot to scan the house. Im not going to get into all that (symptoms). Robert Shook, an air conditioning technician, initially . A thick wooden cross stood prominently in the front yard of the Lesslie home on Marshall Road on Thursday afternoon. We need to have an awakening in our city to let the people know that this is not the direction we want to let our city to go in.". Robert Chipley, the promoter of The Great American Rock Hill Gun Show, said he is not surprised the event will be held, even less than two months after a killing spree the sixth in America this year, as trackedby The Washington Post. Beth Langley, an organizer for the event, did not respond to a request for comment. This page was last changed on 24 April 2023, at 21:56. We now know that these deficits were most likely caused by the disease. South Carolina Rep. Ralph Norman said Robert and Barbara Lesslie were his close friends. RELATED: Ex-NFL player who killed 6 in Rock Hill had 'severe' CTE, doctor says. What matters most, Brown told the crowd, is what happens next.. Adams, a Rock Hill native, was a former NFL player,according to ESPN. One of two 9-1-1 dispatch calls released by the office indicate someone from Lewis' employer GSM Services in Gastonia, North Carolina placed the call. Later, with the Raiders, he had two concussions over three games in 2012. Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information. "We are unsure of the time frame for results at this time.". Tolson said a .45-caliber and a 9 mm weapon were used in Wednesday's shooting. Jackson declined to address the Adams killings but said, The solution is we need to have responsible gun owners and gun carriers. Barbara and Robert Lesslie sang in the choir. "Seeing Phillip shoot two kids, it's not him. The Associated Press contributed to this report. Deputies say this retelling of events was relayed to them by Shook as he lay injured outside. Youre crazy. And theyll come take away your guns.. The victims were identified as Dr. Robert Lesslie, 70; his wife, Barbara Lesslie, 69; their grandchildren, 9-year-old Adah Lesslie and 5-year-old Noah Lesslie; and James Lewis, 39, who was working at the home at the time he was shot, authorities said. Adams family said he was experiencing psychiatric distress they think was linked to head trauma resulting from football. His voice grew louder as he stood behind the casket and continued the eulogy. "Theres really not an hour that goes by.". Rock Hill is about 26 miles south of Charlotte, North Carolina. Scott said there are hundreds of players in similar situations, struggling without benefits. There was unusual behavior. Theyre not focused on assisting the players from start to finish.. Its hard to say.". It should no longer be swept under the rug, Phyllis Adams said. Phillip Adams shot to death six people in Rock Hill, South Carolina on April 7, . "I know he had been applying for disability and he said they were making it hard for him. Robert and Barbara Lesslie in a photo posted to Robert Lesslie's website. There are people who are responsible, but when guns get in the hands of irresponsible people or people with mental illness or people who are out to get revenge on something, thats where the dynamics and direction goes into a negative feel.. Policeworked Thursday to determine a motive but haven't been able to make sense of the violence, Tolson said. Around 5 p.m.: York County deputies enter the Lesslie household and find four gunshot wound victims inside. In 2017, Scott said, he communicated with Adams five or six times in an attempt to help him get benefits. The family released a statement through the sheriff's office describing their grief andhope and calling for prayers for all involved, including the suspect's family. He said they went to Adams parents home, evacuated them and then tried to talk Adams out of the house. the VA, and all of the folks that have helped its and many other families to get these much-needed answers.". Wake Forest School of Medicine studying concussions in young athletes. James Lewis, 38, was found dead outside. Charlotte leaders propose budget for 2024, Committee recommends certain projects over others for sustainability of Charlotte, At least 6 people killed in crashes on I-55 south of Springfield, Illinois, Deputies provide timeline of events for Rock Hill shooting, Shooting suspect Phillip Adams played 6 NFL seasons. Adams often isolated himself, even as a player, his agent, Scott Casterline, told The Associated Press. The losseswe are suffering cannot be uttered at this time. The Lesslie family said in a statement, "We are truly in the midst of the unimaginable. He and his wife had four children and nine grandchildren, and were actively involved with their church, as well as with Camp Joy, which works with children with disabilities and where Lesslie served as camp physician for a week each summer. Dr. Robert Lesslie, 70, and his wife, Barbara, 69, were pronounced dead in their home in Rock Hill along with grandchildren Adah Lesslie, 9, and Noah Lesslie, 5, the York County coroners office said. He had an injury his rookie year. The gunman often isolated himself, even as a player, his agent, Scott Casterline, told the AP. 6 [nb 1] Injured. Robert Lesslie and his wife had four children and five grandchildren,his website biography said. In many instances, it is a disease of the young.". Its devastating for the victims and the families.". The following statement that we shared after the event remains true to this day. / CBS/AP. He never played for the 49ers again, getting released just before the 2011 season began and signing with New England. Billed as a revival, a rally against gun violence in Rock Hill is scheduled for Saturday. Police say Phillip Adams shot six people, including prominent Rock Hill doctor Robert Lesslie, before taking his own life. He founded two urgent care centers in the area and wrote a weekly medical column for The Charlotte Observer. The Lesslie family also established a little library and a food pantry outside of the church named after 9-year-old Adah and 5-year-old Noah. The physician also penned a number of collections of what he termed inspiring true stories from his work. Shook also told deputies there were more victims in the residence, and they found the four Lesslie family members dead in the workout room inside. Indeed, more than two weeks since the shootings, questions that have been asked over and over around the country are lingeringin Rock Hill. Read more:What we know about Phillip Adams, More:Doctor Robert Lesslie and family among those killed by Phillip Adams in South Carolina shooting: What we know, More:Ex-NFL player Phillip Adams' 'mental health degraded fast and terribly bad,' says sister. (Video: Reuters) Comment. "He was part of my family. A representative for Adams' family said he was "desperately seeking help" from the NFL but was denied all of his claims because he had trouble remembering things and struggled to complete simple tasks, such as traveling to visit doctors and undergo extensive testing. Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. At Thursdays news conference, Tolson played audio of two 911 calls, the first from an HVAC company that employed Lewis and Shook. The Lesslie family were longtime members of the First ARP Church in Rock Hill. In this Oct. 17, 2010 file photo, San Francisco 49ers cornerback Phillip Adams sits on the sideline during the first quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco. McKee went on to say that Boston University has diagnosed CTE in 700 individuals, including 315 former NFL players. He was taken to a hospital where he is in critical condition. 2021, 10:55 AM. "There's nothing right now that makes sense to any of us," Tolson told reporters. "I know without a doubt that life is fragile," Lesslie wrote, according to an excerpt. Contributing: Dustin Wyatt,The Spartanburg Herald-Journal;The Associated Press. Earlier, The Associated Press reported the gunman had been treated by the doctor, citing a source who was briefed on the investigation. He worked in emergency rooms for decades, including as medical director of the emergency department at Rock Hill General Hospital for almost 15 years, according to thebio. "We have contacted Boston University and they will be working with us to conduct a brain study to identify if Mr. Adams had CTE," the office said in a statement Friday evening, noting that routine forensic autopsies do not identify the disease. Hollywood writers go on strike over fair pay in streaming era, Missing teens likely among 7 people found dead in Oklahoma, authorities say, Fish contaminated with "forever chemicals" found in nearly every state, Gordon Lightfoot, "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" singer, dies at 84, CBS News Poll: How GOP primary race could be Trump v. Trump fatigue, Oklahoma governor signs gender-affirming care ban for kids, American climber dies on Mount Everest, expedition organizer says, Bob Lee died from three stab wounds, medical examiner says, At least 6 dead after dust storm causes massive pile-up on Illinois highway, Ex-NFL player kills 5 people, then himself, in South Carolina. Allison Hope, who lives across from Adams modest one-story brick home, about a mile from the Lesslies, said police allowed her to return home around 9 p.m. Wednesday. What happens next for those trying to curb gun violence as the mass killings continue? This is where they encounter initial gunshot wound victims outside of the home. He said he continued to use guns when he joined the Army in 1974 and was part of an artillery unit during his four years of duty, spent primarily on border patrol in Germany. Lesslieand his wife had four children and eight grandchildren, according to a website bio. Among the victims were a 9-year-old girl and her 5-year-old brother, and Ramseur said she feared retaliation during the funeral in part because Adams is Black and all of the victims were white. ROCK HILL, S.C. Rev. The NFL released a statement Wednesday in regard to the report: "We appreciate the work done by Dr. McKee and her colleagues for the value it adds in the ongoing quest for a better understanding of CTE. Myers faces charges of murder, possession of a weapon during a crime of violence and criminal conspiracy. Authorities had not yet determined a motive. ", The family said, "If you would like to do something for the family, Adah and Noah would want you to stock the free pantries and libraries in your community. . We cannot say that we are surprised by these results, however, it is shocking to hear how severe his condition was. Mr Adams says he believes his son's football career may be at the root of whatever caused him to snap and carry out the shooting. But detectives found nine guns at the home of Adams parents where Adams killed himself, according to records released by the York County Sheriffs Office. The first took place in January 1961, when nine Black college students were arrested and sentenced to hard labor for sitting at a whites-only lunch counter. When he ended his professional career in 2015 with the Atlanta Falcons he had several documented injuries. C.T. 2023 USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, LLC. Phillip Adams, a former National Football League player, was named as the perpetrator. Phillip Adams. Lewis said his son was a single father to three children. Whether he suffered long-lasting concussion-related injuries wasnt immediately clear. All of WCNC Charlotte's podcasts are free and available for both streaming and download. 2021 Rock Hill shooting Q106421390) Police say Adams took his own life as officers were closing in on him. Later that year, civil rights icon John Lewis was beaten bloody at a Greyhound Bus Stop. 1998 - 2023 Nexstar Media Inc. | All Rights Reserved. John D. Simmons/The Charlotte Observer via AP. "The desire in them and their family was always to be a blessing. James Lewis, a single father of three kids in Gastonia, was one of the five people killed in a mass shooting at a Rock Hill home Wednesday evening, his family confirms. 0. Tolson said there was no indication the gunman, Phillip Adams, had a doctor-patient relationship with Robert Lesslie. An autopsy and toxicology report on Adams is slated to take place soon. there were seven shooting deaths in 2020 and there already have been seven shooting deaths in 2021, . 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. Example video title will go here for this video. They become impulsive, they lose their self-control, they have aggressive and violent tendencies that they can't check down," McKee said of those individuals with CTE. By Andrew Dys and. "Mr. Adams' CTE pathology was different than the other young NFL players with CTE," McKee said. A 911 caller reported finding a man on the ground early Tuesday on a street in Rock Hill. Wake Up Charlotte To Go is a daily news and weather podcast you can listen to so you can start your day with the team atWake Up Charlotte. Deputies were called around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday to the Lesslies home, and evacuated the neighbors as they searched for hours for a suspect. Both he and Casterline emphasized Adams didnt drink or do drugs. These details do not significantly change the timeline of events whatsoever, but instead, add more context to how deputies moved forward in their initial investigation. "We are working hard to provide some answers.". "I think he got upset about that and thats kind of where it started, with him kind of feeling like the whole world was against him.". By participating in the research process, we hope to bring awareness to this condition so that players young and old can understand the risks. He played in the NFL six years, most recently with the Atlanta Falcons, until the 2015 season. When Adams was buried at Grandview Memorial Park-Hollis Lakes April 16, the customary, temporary name marker was not left by his grave site. She said his "mental health degraded fast and terribly bad" and described how normal conversations would quickly turn hostile. 2021 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. According to doctors, CTE has been found in professional athletes and symptoms include cognitive, behavioral and mood changes. Authorities said 24-year-old Brendon Robert Meyers was taken into custody in Ellis County, Kansas for his involvement in the death of Winston Salem resident Harterius Massey who was found shot in a driveway near 300 Rich Street on Feb. 19. After the shooting, a GoFundMe was started for the families of Robert Shook and James Lewis. He was drafted by San Francisco in the seventh round out of South Carolina State in 2010 and played as a reserve defensive back for five teams in six years from 2010 to 2015. Weve got a long way to go in our community in a lot of different ways, Mayor John Gettys told USA TODAY Sports. I know without a doubt that life is fragile, Lesslie wrote in one of those books, Angels in the ER., I am convinced we need to take the time to say the things we deeply feel to the people we deeply care about., A statement from the Lesslie family said they were in the midst of the unimaginable but felt assured by faith that their hearts are bent toward forgiveness and peace.. This is something I cant grasp yet. Anyone was welcome to mourn and pay their respects. Police said the suspect, Phillip Adams, was found dead at a nearby house. On April 7, 2021, six people, including two children, were shot at a house in Rock Hill, South Carolina, United States. ROCK HILL, S.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) . A copy of Adams disability benefits file will show if he ever applied and, if he did, what the status was, according to Scott. Last December, Adam's family shared how hard it was to get the help they knew he needed. Its an understatement to say that theres not a day that goes by that I dont think about him," Lewis said. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. "He was a longtime doctor who treated me in the past. Faris said Lesslie was very well known in the Rock Hill community. Tolson said officers found the two repairmen in the yard of the home. The timeline begins with the initial 911 call and ends with deputies confirming the suspect, 32-year-old Phillip Adams, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Left to Right - Brendon Meyers, Jarod Nelson (courtesy of the Rock Hill Police Department) McKee said Stage 2 CTE is associated with aggression, impulsivity, depression, paranoia, anxiety, poor executive function and memory loss. I knew he was hurting and missing football but he wouldnt take health tips offered to him. A York County sheriff vehicle drives onto the property where multiple people, including a prominent doctor, were fatally shot a day earlier, Thursday, April 8, 2021, in Rock Hill, S.C. "It's one of those strange things that a lot of people are going to have a hard time understanding.". (AP Photo/Nell Redmond), Connect with the definitive source for global and local news. This is so unlike him. All structured data from the main, Property, Lexeme, and EntitySchema namespaces is available under the. Sixty years ago, the city drew national attention for two racist incidents. Adah loved to read, and so that was the thought behind the library, and Noah loved snacks and food. The suspected gunman . ", The NFL said in a statement, "Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the victims of these devastating tragedies.".