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Robert Shook, Rock Hill Shooting Victim, Dies—Taking the Death Toll to Six

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The only known survivor of a deadly shooting in South Carolina has now died, becoming the sixth person to have been killed by a gunman who later committed suicide.

Robert Shook was reportedly shot six times but managed to call his supervisor at GSM Services, his employer, who then made the initial 911 call.

According to a statement by GSM Services, Shook died on Saturday as a result of the injuries he sustained in the York County mass shooting, as legally defined, on Wednesday.

In a statement on the fundraiser website GoFundMe, a spokesperson for the company said: “Update 4/10/2021 It is with much sadness that we announce that late this afternoon our other beloved coworker, Robert Shook, succumbed to his injuries and passed from this earthly world.

“We are all heartbroken. Please keep his family in your prayers tonight and in the coming days as we all face this together. “‘So with you, now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy’. John 16:22.”

Shook, 38, died at Atrium Health Care in Charlotte, local newspaper The Charlotte Observer reported.

His cousin, Heather Thompson described Shook as “Superman” when speaking on behalf of the family on Friday.

“He loves his kids,” Thompson said Friday. “He walks this earth and puts those work boots on every day for those three kids of his and his wife.”

Shook had three children, according to The Gaston Gazette.

Shook’s GSM colleague, James Lewis, 38, was also at the Rock Hill home and was killed in the shooting.

Residents Dr. Robert Lesslie, 70, and his wife Barbara, 69, were both found dead inside the home alongside their grandchildren Adah Lesslie, 9, and Noah Lesslie, 5.

All died after being shot, according to a York County Coroner’s Office press release. It added: “All deaths are being investigated as homicides.”

An April 8 statement released to York County Sheriff’s Office on behalf of the Lesslie family said: “We are truly in the midst of the unimaginable. The losses we are suffering cannot be uttered at this time.”

It continued: “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 toward forgiveness and peace.”

Former NFL player Phillip Adams has been identified as the suspect in the Rock Hill mass shooting.

Adams later killed himself early on Thursday following the shooting, according to the Associated Press (AP).

AP also reported Adams’ parents lived close to Dr. Lesslie’s home and that he had been treated by his victim.

While police are continuing to establish a motive for the shooting, Adams; father told WCNC-TV he thinks football “messed him up.”

He added: “I think the football messed him up…We pray for the family…[Lesslie] used to be my doctor a long time ago, I know they were good folks…we’re going to keep them in our prayers.”

Robert Shook died as a result of his injuries on Saturday. In this photo, flowers and stuffed animals sit on the sidewalk outside of Riverview Family Medicine and Urgent Care after the fatal shooting of Dr. Robert Lesslie and four others the previous day on April 8, 2021 in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
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