Authorities identified former NFL cornerback Phillip Adams, who played for six different teams in six seasons, as a gunman who shot and killed five people in South Carolina before killing himself in the end.
The shooting happened on Wednesday night in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and authorities identified Adams as the suspect. After that, they also said he turned the gun to himself and died on Thursday morning.
Included among the five people killed was a prominent doctor. The former NFL player’s parents lived close to Rock Hill, and Adams had been treated by the said doctor before, according to a source close to the investigation.
Adams, who is 32 years old, last played in the league in 2015 with the Atlanta Falcons. He also played with the San Franciso 49ers, the New England Patriots, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, and the Seattle Seahawks.
The former NFL player, however, suffered multiple injuries during his career in the league. These include concussions and a broken ankle.
The doctor who was killed was identified as Dr. Robert Lesslie, 70. The other victims identified included the doctor’s wife, Barbara, 69; their two grandkids, James, and James Lewis, 39, as per the sheriff’s office.
Trent Faris, York County Sheriff’s Office’s spokesman, described the doctor as “a staple” in the neighborhood for years.
He said he lived in Rock Hill for his entire life and Lesslie was his doctor when he was growing up. He added that Lesslie is one of those people that everyone in the community knew.
Manhunt for Adams Ensued After South Carolina Shooting Incident
Authorities were called to a home in the afternoon, at around 4:45 p.m., after a shooting that involved multiple individuals was reported. The spokesperson said he was shocked that an incident such as this one had occurred in Rock Hill.
A manhunt that took hours ensued after the incident. The sheriff’s office said the suspect was potentially “armed and dangerous” during the manhunt. An advisory for residents also went out, saying families should stay inside their homes and lock their doors.
The coroner’s office then announced that they went to Adams’ home and found him dead due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound.