Former NFL player Phillip Adams shot and killed five people on Wednesday in South Carolina before killing himself early Thursday morning, per the Associated Press, who referenced a source briefed on the investigation.
One of the victims, a well-known physician, Dr. Robert Lesslie, was 70. The other victims, Lesslie’s wife Barbara, was 69, the couple’s grandchildren Adah Lesslie who was 9, and Noah Lesslie, 5 were all pronounced dead at the scene.
A man who was working at the doctor’s house, James Lewis, 38, was found shot dead outside the home. A sixth victim was reportedly hospitalized with “serious gunshot wounds,” York County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Trent Faris said, per the AP’s report.
Authorities Found Adams in a Nearby Home
After a search through the night, authorities found Adams in a nearby home on Thursday. According to the AP’s report, Adams’ parents lived close to the Lesslie’s.
“We have found the person we believe is responsible, and we are with him at this time, and that’s all I can say about the suspect,” Faris said.
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Authorities believe Adams killed himself after midnight on Thursday morning with a .45 caliber weapon. During Adams’ NFL career, he played six seasons with several teams, including a six-game stint with the New England Patriots in 2011. His longest tenure with any team ran from 2012-13 with the Oakland Raiders.
In college, Adams starred at South Carolina State before being drafted in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. During Adams’ career, he suffered several injuries, including multiple concussions. He was 32 years old.
More on the Victims
Dr. Lesslie has been referred to as a staple in the Rock Hill community. According to reports, he had treated Adams. According to Lesslie’s about page, he was a certified emergency medicine and occupational medicine physician and a co-owner of two urgent care/occupational clinics.
He’d worked for more than 25 years in emergency rooms in Charlotte, North Carolina, and had served as medical director of the emergency department at Rock Hill General Hospital for nearly 15 years.
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