6th victim dies in shooting allegedly carried out by former NFL player Phillip Adams

Liz Roscher
·2 min read

A sixth person has died in the aftermath of the mass shooting allegedly carried out by ex-NFL player Phillip Adams on Wednesday.

According to York County Coroner Sabrina Gast, Robert Shook, the only surviving victim of the shooting, died of his injuries on Saturday. Shook was one of two HVAC technicians who were working at the house at the time of the shooting. According to WRAL, Shook called his supervisor after he was shot, and his supervisor then called 911. Shook's co-worker, James Lewis, died at the scene.

Shook, 38, is the sixth victim of the shooting that was allegedly carried out by Adams, a five-year NFL veteran. According to police, Adams drove to the home of Dr. Robert Lesslie on Wednesday with two guns. Once he arrived, he shot and killed Lesslie, 70; his wife Barbara, 69; their two young grandchildren (Adah, 9, and Noah, 5); and Lewis, 39.  

Adams, who had reportedly been treated by Lesslie, later shot himself. 

Adams' brain to be evaluated for CTE

Gast told reporters on Friday that Adams' family has given permission to have his brain tested for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) during the upcoming autopsy. She said that he Medical University of South Carolina Charleston will be performing the autopsy, and coroner’s office will be working with Boston University on the CTE study.

CTE is a degenerative brain disease that develops as a result of repeated brain trauma, and can only be definitively diagnosed after death. It has been found in the brains of athletes from numerous sports, but is most commonly associated with football. 

Adams reportedly suffered several concussions over his five-year NFL career. His father, Alonzo, told local TV station WCNC that he believes football played a part in what happened to his son. 

“I can say he was a good kid,” Alonzo said. “I think the football messed him up.”

A sixth victim of a shooting spree allegedly committed by former NFL player Phillip Adams has died of his injuries. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
A sixth victim of a shooting spree allegedly committed by former NFL player Phillip Adams has died of his injuries. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

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