Police in York County, S.C., update the investigation of the shooting deaths of five people, including a doctor, his wife and two of his grandchildren.
support from our family, friends and community. We are truly in the midst of the unimaginable. The losses we are suffering cannot be uttered at this time. 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. Our hope is found in the promise of Jesus Christ, and we are enveloped by peace that surpasses all understanding. To that end, our hearts are bent towards forgiveness and peace, towards love and connectedness towards celebration and unity. We honor all those involved in this story with prayers and compassion specifically for the shook family, the Lewis family and the Adams family. As Robert Leslie would say, when pre when peace like a river attendant my way when sorrow like sea billows roll, it is well with my soul. If you would like to do something for the family, Ada and Noah would want you to stop the free pantries and libraries in your community. Barbara and Robert will want you to be good stewards of what you’re given, leaving every place better than was before you got there. Ada, Noah, Barbara, Robert and the rest of the family would ask any memorials or gifts to be sent to Camp Joy, North Carolina 9 18. South Pleasant Bird Drive, Greenville, South Carolina 29607 In honor of hope and the promise of eternity. The Leslie Alexander and Colbert Families April eight, 2021. Folks, there’s nothing more powerful that I can say today or you can print or you can broadcast than the words that I just read. Uh, we have probably more questions than what you do about this case right now. We are working hard to provide some answers. Obviously, one answer is why that that is a question that we are probing. As we speak with numerous investigators, we hope to be able to get to those answers. Provide some why to the family. Most importantly, out of respect for the families that are victims of this, I’m only gonna discuss information that has been released to them. Um, again, that’s out of respect for the family. Also, out of respect for the family, please understand that speculation is very harmful to them right now. Um, rumors that spread are very harmful to them. We’re trying to provide them with the best information that we can. And I ask that you do that as well. Also, the family has asked that they not be contacted right now. I would ask that the media please respect that as they are. Tremendous amount of grief right now. Uh, so this is what we know. Currently Yesterday evening at about 4. 44 PM, York County Public Safety Communications received the following 2911 calls. Yeah. Three, four environmental. Okay, more word. 4456 Marshall, Carolina. This is okay. What? I think that you’ve been shot in the Yeah, I am not on. You know how people the resource. Yeah. Mhm. Oh, Mhm. Yeah. Mhm. You’re Yeah. No worried. Uh huh. Our mayor. What you’re talking. Oh, yeah, right. Word in their response. Yeah. Okay. Any other information out? They Yes. Yeah. Can’t get anything. Got it. One fail later if you have. And we got Dr Robert was I wanted not what we wanted the o and how we started. They keep the shot, the base for the head or something, because he can’t talk. He just keeps saying I’ve been shot. I’ve been shock on the please. Come now. Yeah. Okay. Right. Sorry. First name, right? Um, Robert Legend. Kelly as l. A. Okay. All right. Characteristic. Uh huh. No mention. I mean, they did to shooting. They did show how Inspector does not characters. Great cauldron. No, no, thank you. Know you’re okay. And your name, please. Alright. Create. Yeah or not. All right, Right. Yeah. And with those people, right? Children remain married. They actually do as quickly as we can. Elect a siren. Okay. All right. Thank you. Thank you. Yeah. Uh huh. April 21 15. Powers. 46. Yeah, you’re getting out. Police are medical. Where can Hello? And we wanted square. We had to struggle at 44 Marshall Road. What’s going on, Marshall? Right. Think there’s been a bad shooting? Four people. Okay, thanks for people that relieved. I was just dress your version. Scott. How many shots did you hear? About 40. His own man. I think there are three rounds work, Miss Leslie’s on the inside of the heart. Are you over there with the, um Are you on a neighbor of poverty? The only brother away from Whoa with quite sure I’ve seen it. from the business. It looked like a right. And Trump read it out of the higher I’m on the other side of the property. So, please, just off. Come, I’ll go over there Will, but don’t want to go, right? Yes, sir. No. No books at the house. Are you seeing other people? The house? No warm laying on the ground. It looks like one of the work in this regard. Working or speak. Never like people laying on the ground now. So he’s got running around. Where’s your partner? But realize that we shoot until I saw this guy laying on the ground. Oh, right. Oh, sorry. Can I get your name for him? What they call for mhm. Yeah. Yeah, and I agree, ma’am. Oh, problem. More important, I came over here. They even know the work of it. Spiritual place. All right. Is this okay when you get your car back? All right. Mhm and all. Have you heard? Yes. Yeah. Okay. No. Alright. We’re out on their problem here. You asked the power. Don’t go on art. 44 56. I don’t mean to me that people need to get close to the situation, okay? We don’t want you getting hurt. I’m not so four. Almost a half a mile work. All right, A little bit, But I’ve got deputies of the life. Okay, you can call another. All right. Mhm for all right. Thank you. Burn. No. Want to go? All right. Thank you. Mhm. Thank you. So the long beach that you heard were just redactions of names and phone numbers that we obviously didn’t want be out there in public. So our deputies first deputies arrived on the scene eight minutes after that. Those 2911 calls. Well, it’s a large area. And we began to assist the victims that we encountered the first two victims. Obviously, that we encounter with two air conditioning text who were outside the home in the driveway at their work bands. Then we immediately began to assemble a team to clear the house. Is Dr Robert Leslie. Uh, once we cleared the we, uh we found Dr Robert Leslie and his wife Barbara, and their two grandchildren in a room in the back of the house. All the seeds with gunshot wounds, One living victim. One of the air conditioned text was transported from the scene. Two imams who could not make it to the area. Right? Yeah, vehicle that was on the property of truck shortly after arriving on scene we requested are Unmanned aerial system or a drone and also our canine unit immediately to respond, as well as the state law enforcement division’s helicopters for aerial support. Once the investigation began, we were able to develop Phillip Adams as a suspect in this incident. We also learned Mr Adams lived close to where this incident took place. Just down the road, about a quarter of a mile, maybe a little warm. We were able later on the evening to make contact with Mr Adam’s father, live with the suspect. At the time we were able to move, remove Mr Adams and later Mrs Adams from the home, as we have a search warrant for the home and for Phillip Adams around 2 30 AM, we confirmed that Mr Adams, Mr Philip Adams, that the suspect was deceased in the bedroom in the home. As I said before, as Trent said, We’re 22 hours into this investigation. We’ve gathered a lot of information. We have a lot more information to gather as to the why am I two priorities here are number one to assure the citizens in the community in York County that an armed man who shot six people is not on the loose shore. Okay, community, that is the case. We feel like we have the individual who is responsible for this, and he is deceased. My second priority is to the families respect for their privacy and their grieving process. A little bit of information that I have about the suspect is that we issued several traffic citations by traffic unit in February of 2000 and 21 those reminding charges. And then he has some pending criminal charges from 2000 and 16 that occurred in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Information about those traffic citations are in your package. I can’t go without thinking. Thinking are partners in law enforcement, state law enforcement division, the Rock Hill Police Department, state law enforcement division, department, Homeland Security, the South Carolina how control the Chester County Sheriff’s Office and the many, many, many surrounding agencies. We made contact with me, and they contact with us throughout the even to offer their assistance. We could not have had a successful investigation that we did without those folks as hell. This time, I’ll I’ll entertain some questions. Please be aware that there’s not much more information that the family has been given or that we really know at this time let’s we have not been able to verify here and see self inflicted gunshot we believe to be a self inflicted gunshot wound. To my left is corners to bring a gas and any any questions that might be directed about the pathological, um, situation or circumstances of Mr Adams or death. Cause of death can be. Here is our solicitor, Kevin Brackett, who was on scene last night as well. Andrew Mhm. So we have not been able to determine that anything was taken from the Leslie’s residents and I’ll like I’m able to say right now is that we did recover evidence at the scene that linked Mr Adams, uh, to that area definitively. I mean, yeah. Oh, by evidence that he left at the scene that we were able to immediately identifying and connect him. Yes, sir. Yeah. When you guys there to serve. The warrant already killed himself by then, or issues under in medical so we did not hear any gunshots. We did try to negotiate, uh, and get him out of the room that he was in. We did not receive what we believe to be, uh, an adequate response. So that’s speculative as to whether or not he had already shot himself or he shot himself as we were arriving. Or while we were on scene, we did not hear any gunshots. Once we arrive, yeah, alive. That that is what was relayed to us at the time. Yes, sir. Is aware of what has at the time. Yes, sir. Any indication how great? I will tell you. He forced entry. Yes, sir. What mhm cut off from here? Finger. I can’t confirm it. No indication of it. And that’s certainly something. Well, we are looking into again. I think I was asked the first question I was asked. Was there a doctor patient relationship? We have no indication right now that there was a doctor patient relationship between Dr Leslie and Phillip Adams. Representative Ralph Norman told me that was the case inside of law enforcement. So you are not the law enforcement Friday? No, man. Yes. Corner. Hi. Where? Um I’d prefer not to at this point. How did you? Right? It was a It was a single gunshot wound to the head. Can we talk about the condition of the living? Very critical. It’s all at the last report that we had this morning. No, we believe that that there was a to air conditioning tax outside. And then, uh, Dr Leslie, his wife and two grandchildren inside the home. Terrible. Call the see. Uh, I wouldn’t I don’t know. About 20 but definitely multiple gunshots. Yeah, there were 22 types of weapons. One was a 45 millimeters. Sheriff are able to say, Well, we don’t have any indication that they were illegally obtained. Is there anything about mhm ST to provide? Not right now. We don’t have anything right now. This There’s nothing about this right now that makes sense to any of us. And that’s why we’re working so hard to try to get more information when you left the scene. Really? To my church, there or anywhere that you go anywhere wherever we don’t believe. So, um, based on what we’ve been able to piece together so far, we don’t We don’t believe So how long being with his parents? I don’t very No, I don’t. For the here, the Children who were deceased, they live on the same property in a doctor, Leslie son and daughter in law’s house. Two more questions, sir. Mr. Leslie was part of this community. Your sheriff’s hat offer. How has they’re dead? You personally? Dr. Leslie was a pillar in this community with what he was able to give back to this community. He was a long time doctor. He had treated me in the past at his clinic. Um, he was very involved in law enforcement with providing space for the same nurses to do sexual assault exams on sexual assault victims are very involved in that. And so, you know, we tend to eulogize and canonize folks, and yeah, kind of waters it down. But I would not want to water down anything that Dr Leslie did or meant for this community. He knew everyone. He treated everyone with respect. And if you reflect on the family statement, that is the type of family that Dr Leslie raised because that’s the type of man that he was here. Well, we’ve been back out to the scene today to try to look in more daylight. Uh, and really, why our next? You know, if we can succeed in that and answering some why questions that certainly relieve the minds of the families that have been affected and put some closure for us to this investigation. And if you look behind you, many of the men and women who were involved with this yesterday and last night are here today. Some of them have not been to bed yet. And we continuously entirely continue to work, uh, for the sugar family and for the Leslie family. And I would just ask that you keep those families in your prayers as well as the Adams family. Well, thank you. If you have not put your name on this list, do so before you leave, we’re going to give you the copies of the 911 phone calls, be email or small files. So it should come up in your email address box. And also, we’ll have the citations that we gave to, uh, Mr Adams back in February. Just because some of you asked for those already mhm Ben, we can provide that. Yes. Well, why the family statement today? Yes. It’s absolutely anything else. Make sure your name is on this list or you’re not gonna get it. Okay. Thank you all for being here. And thank you for your patience, right? Yeah, yeah, yeah. Trying to no mhm right away. Oh, correction. You may have already gotten these in your email. In life threatening. Yeah.