‘We are all heartbroken’: Robert Shook, who initially survived shooting in South Carolina, dies

A North Carolina man who initially survived a mass shooting in rural York County, South Carolina, on Wednesday has now died, becoming the sixth person killed by former NFL player Phillip Adams, who later took his own life.

GSM Services, the HVAC company that employed Robert Shook, announced his death Saturday night.

“It is with much sadness that we announce that late this afternoon our beloved co-worker, Robert Shook, succumbed to his injuries and passed from this earthly world. We are all heartbroken and our attention must turn to comforting each other and Robert’s family,” the company’s owners, Joel and Steven Long, said in an announcement.

The announcement added: “Please keep his family in your prayers tonight and in the coming days as we all face this together.”

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Robert Shook, a GSM Services HVAC technician who lives in Cherryville, is in critical condition after he was shot during a mass shooting Wednesday in York County, S.C. Five people have died.

Shook and his GSM co-worker, James Lewis of Gastonia, were at the York County, South Carolina, home of 70-year-old Dr. Robert Lesslie and his wife, Barbara, 69, working when the shooting took place.

Dr. Lesslie and his wife died in the shooting, along with two of their grandchildren, 9-year-old Adah and 5-year-old Noah.

Adams, a journeyman cornerback who played for six NFL teams from 2010-15, killed himself a short time later after a standoff with police.

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