Former NFL defender Phillip Adams has been identified as the suspected gunman who killed five people and wounded another in a South Carolina shooting on Wednesday. CNN reported with reference to an official in South Carolina. Adams, 33, reportedly killed then after midnight Thursday with a .45 caliber weon after the shooting, according to . One of the five people killed in the incident included a prominent doctor who is said to have treated Adams’ parents, who lived near the doctor’s home in Rock Hill.
Coron’s office in York County noted that Dr. Robert Lesslie, 70, and his wife, Barbara Lesslie, 69, were both pronounced dead at the scene along with their grandchildren Adah, 9, and Noah, 5. James Lewis, a 38-year-old man who worked at home, was found shot dead outside. Meanwhile, a sixth person has been hospitalized with what York County Sheriff’s spokesman Trent Faris described as “serious gunshot wounds.”
Authorities were called to Lesslies’ home around 6 p.m. 16.45 on Wednesday and searched the area for hours before finding Adams in a nearby home.
“We have found the person we believe is responsible and we are with him at this time and that is all I can say about the suspect,” Faris said via.
Adams, a native of Rock Hill, entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers back in 2010 after playing collegiately in South Carolina State. He spent about six years in the league and stopped short with various teams, including the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, the then Oakland Raiders, New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons. In all, Adams played in 78 regular season games (11 starts).
The investigation is still ongoing.