Suspect in mass shooting that killed 5 in South Carolina played in the NFL

first_imgcarlballou/iStockBy William Mansell and Emily Shapiro, ABC News(ROCK HILL, S.C.) — 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 suspect, 32-year-old Phillip Adams, was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at a nearby home, the York County Sheriff’s Office said.Adams, a Rock Hill native, was a former NFL player, according to ESPN. 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.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.A sixth person was also shot and survived, officials said.Lewis and the surviving victim — who was in critical condition Thursday morning — were air conditioning techs who were found shot by their work vans, York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson said.Robert Lesslie was a well-known doctor in Rock Hill, ABC Charlotte affiliate WSOC reported. He spent many years working in emergency rooms in the Charlotte area, according to his website biography.The sheriff said, “Dr. Lesslie was a pillar in this community.”“He had treated me in the past,” he said.Robert Lesslie and his wife had four children and five grandchildren, his website biography said.Robert and Barbara Lesslie in a photo posted to Robert Lesslie’s website.The Lesslie family said in a statement, “We are truly in the midst of the unimaginable. The losses we are suffering cannot be uttered at this time.”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. Barbara and Robert would want you to be good stewards of what you are given, leaving every place better than it was before you got there.”All the deaths are being investigated as homicides, according to the York County Coroner’s Office.The York County Coroner’s Office said Adams was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at a nearby home on the same road as the Lesslies, following a standoff.“We did recover evidence at the scene that linked Mr. Adams to that area definitively,” Tolson said at a news conference Thursday.A motive has not been determined, Tolson said.“There is nothing about this right now that makes sense to any of us,” the sheriff said.Rock Hill is about 26 miles south of Charlotte, North Carolina.South Carolina Rep. Ralph Norman said Robert and Barbara Lesslie were his close friends.“Through the decades, they made such an incredible impact on our area and the lives of countless people,” Norman said in a statement.“It is impossible to imagine the grief that the extended Lesslie family must be feeling,” he said. “I also want to send my sincere condolences to the family of James Lewis.”Joel and Steven Long, co-owners of GSM Services, the company which employed Lewis and the man who was shot and survived, said in a statement, “Our team at GSM Services is heart broken.”“Both men involved in this incident are long-standing, beloved members of our family at GSM. These men embody the values we strive to achieve at GSM and are family focused, up-beat, and wonderful team members who cared about all the people they encountered,” the Longs said. “In the coming days, our focus is on helping these families and our team members cope with this tragedy.”ABC News’ Rachel Katz and Alexandra Faul contributed to this report.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Alec Baldwin and Wife Hilaria Celebrate the Birth of Daughter Carmen

first_img Baldwin most recently starred in the Broadway revival of Orphans and has appeared on Broadway in Twentieth Century, A Streetcar Named Desire, Serious Money and Loot. His off-Broadway credits include Entertaining Mr. Sloane, Trumbo, Macbeth and Prelude to a Kiss. An Emmy winner for playing Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock, Baldwin can currently be seen on the big screen as Cate Blanchett’s ex-husband in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. View Comments Star Files Stage and screen star Alec Baldwin and his yoga instructor wife, Hilaria, welcomed daughter Carmen Gabriela on August 23. Dubbing the baby “absolutely perfect” in a Twitter post shortly after giving birth, the 29-year-old new mom and her 55-year-old husband returned to their Manhattan home with their newborn daughter on August 25.center_img “Since giving birth, the word ‘love’ has taken on a whole new meaning,” Hilaria tweeted on August 26. “Its depth and intensity are overwhelming in the most welcome way.” The new dad is also the father of fledgling model Ireland, his 17-year-old daughter with ex-wife Kim Basinger. Alec Baldwinlast_img read more

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Lions start to round into form on softball diamond

first_img By doug mckenzie Staff Writer FARRAH MAFFAI Middletown North’s Bonnie Stenger gets set to fire a pitch during the Lions’ win over Holmdel in Middletown on Friday. The Middletown North girls’ softball team is in the unenviable position of playing the Shore Conference’s Class A North Division. For that reason, their 7-3 mark entering this week’s play is a bit deceiving. Among those losses are a pair of close defeats to top-ranked Freehold Township and fourth-ranked Middletown South, the two teams battling it out for A North’s top spot. But North head coach Don Fadden isn’t concerning himself with the division race, acknowledging that it’s very unlikely that the Lions could capture the crown. Instead, he’s preparing his girls for the postseason, where he believes his Lady Lions will be a very dangerous team. “The way we’re starting to come around offensively, I don’t think there’s a team out there that will look forward to playing us,” he said. “We’re starting to play to our potential.” The Lions, who played Marlboro on Monday before facing Red Bank Catholic yesterday in the Lady Buc Tournament, are coming off a 4-0 blanking of a good Holmdel team. In that game, University of Tampa-bound senior Bonnie Stenger registered her second shutout and continued her impressive season. “She hasn’t pitched a poor game yet,” Fadden said. “She’s 5-3, but lost a 3-1 game to Township where we gave up some unearned runs, and had the same thing happen against South.” Stenger, who emerged as the team’s pitcher last year, has tremendous control and is averaging about one strikeout per inning. Her ERA is under 1.00, and she has been better than Fadden could have hoped for through the first half of the year. “She came out of nowhere last year and has done a really nice job for us,” he said. “The big bonus is that she’s also hitting the ball well. In the past we always hit for her, but this year she’s up around .390, so I can’t take her bat out of the lineup.” The Lions’ offense is headed by shortstop Kelly Goodbody, a four-year starter who Fadden believes is the best fielding shortstop in the Shore. “Last year she made one error in 24 games, which is unheard of, not to mention a school record,” he said. “And the one error she made was a low throw to first that would have been an infield hit anyway, and allowed the runner to advance to second. “Offensively, she does a lot of things that we take for granted,” he continued. “She has great speed and a knack for getting on base.” Senior catcher Megan Smith, another four-year starter, is also off to a fast start offensively with a team-high nine RBIs. “She’s been our leading hitter the last two years, and has done a real nice job in the three-hole. We love to get runners on base for her because she usually comes through with a hit in those situations.” Second baseman Jenna Provost’s average is hovering .390, and she is providing good leadership in the infield, according to Fadden. Junior third baseman Katie Fallon is also playing well and is batting around .370 from the No. 2 hole. The remainder of the starting lineup is beginning to get hot as well, with junior left fielder Caitlyn Piasecki, sophomore right fielder Tiffany Maltais and freshman center fielder Kristie Fearon showing signs of improvement as well. Freshman first baseman Gina Soldo has been the team’s “pleasant surprise,” according to Fadden. “I was keeping her as a backup, but her hitting has kept her in the lineup so far,” he said. “She puts the bat on the ball and doesn’t strike out much.” The rest of the team includes senior utility player Christina Karmon, junior outfielder Courtney Bartinato, and sophomores Tracy Crist and Adrienne Angelone. With the second half of the season under way, Fadden is expecting big things from his squad. “These are great kids, win or lose, and they’re working very hard,” he said. “Our pitching has been steady, and the defense is coming around, so if we can generate some offense, we’ll be tough to beat. “We can beat good teams as long as we’re not giving them any big innings,” he said. “We just can’t make mistakes that lead to extra outs because we can’t overcome those big innings against the good teams.”last_img read more

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