Former NFL player Phillip Adams kills five and commits suicide

Rock Hill. The man who shot and killed five people, including a prominent doctor, in South Carolina was identified as former NFL player Phillip Adams, who committed suicide Thursday morning, a source with knowledge of the investigation said.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to testify publicly, said Adams’s parents live near the doctor’s Rock Hill home and that he had been treated by the same doctor.

The person noted that Phillips committed suicide after midnight with a .45 caliber pistol.

Police said officers searched for hours before finding the suspect in a neighboring home.

The 33-year-old Adams played for several teams in the NFL, including the San Francisco 49ers and the Atlanta Falcons after shining at South Carolina State University. He suffered multiple injuries in his career, including concussions and a broken ankle.

The coroner said Dr. Robert Lesslie, 70, and his wife Barbara Lesslie, 69, were pronounced dead at the scene, along with their grandchildren Adah Lesslie, 9, and Noah Lesslie, 5.

A man who had been working on the home, James Lewis, 38, was found dead outside, and a sixth person was hospitalized with gunshot wounds, police spokesman Trent Faris reported.

Faris said officers came to the Leslie residence in the Rock Hill area around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Rock Hill is a city in the far north of South Carolina, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of Charlotte, North Carolina.

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