NFL player Phillip Adams identified as South Carolina shooter who killed 5, then himself

NFL player Phillip Adams was identified as the suspect who killed five people in South Carolina before ending his own life.

  • Former NFL athlete Phillip Adams was the gunman who killed five people in South Carolina before committing suicide.
  • On Wednesday evening, the football player shot five people, including a prominent doctor and two children.
  • On Thursday morning, officers responded to a call from Adams’ home, where he was found dead by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 
Credits: AP

The former NFL cornerback Phillip Adams was officially identified as the gunman responsible for the deaths of five people in South Carolina before killing himself, FOX News reports.

According to officials, the fatal gunfire took place on Wednesday evening in Rock Hill. Deputies were called to a home in the area at around 4:45 p.m. following a report of a shooting involving multiple individuals.

As the sheriff’s office revealed, the victims were identified as Dr. Robert Lesslie, 70, his wife Barbara Lesslie, 69, their two grandchildren, aged 5 and 9, and James Lewis, 39, who was working at their home at the time of the shooting.

As per ABC7, a sixth person was also shot and later hospitalized with “serious gunshot wounds.”

The 32-year-old athlete took his own life the morning after. The last time he played in the NFL was in 2015 with the Atlanta Falcons. During his NFL career, the professional player suffered multiple injuries, including concussions and a broken ankle.

Reportedly, Adams’ parents lived near Rock Hill and the football pro had been treated by Dr. Lesslie in the past. 

York County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Trent Faris, who described the prominent doctor as “a staple” in the town, commented:

“I’ve lived in Rock Hill my entire life and Dr. Lesslie was my doctor growing up. Dr. Lesslie has been one of those people that everybody knows. He started Riverview Medical Center in Rock Hill.”

Credits: ABC7

The spokesman, who was “shocked that this type of incident” occurred in Rock Hill, continued:

“It doesn’t happen here. It’s one of those strange things that a lot of people are going to have a hard time understanding and we just hope that everybody understands that we’re going to do everything we can to try to figure out why this happened here.”

Officers said they responded to Adam’s home on Thursday morning, where he was found dead by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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