Rock Hill – The man who shot dead five people, including a prominent doctor, in South Carolina was identified as former NFL player Phillip Adams, who killed himself Thursday morning, authorities said Thursday. .
York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson told a news conference that investigators had not yet determined a motive for Wednesday’s shooting.
“There is nothing right now that makes sense to any of us,” Tolson said at a news conference.
A source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to publicly testify, said Adams’s parents live near the doctor’s Rock Hill home and that he had been treated by the doctor. The person said Phillips committed suicide after midnight with a .45 caliber pistol.
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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.
Rarely playing as a starter, Adams was also a part of New England, Seattle, Oakland and the New York Jets, culminating his career with the Falcons in 2015.
As a rookie at the end of the 2010 season, Adams suffered a serious ankle injury that required surgery in which several screws were inserted into his leg. He did not play for the 49ers again, being discharged prior to the 2011 season and signed with New England. It wasn’t until 2013, with the Raiders, that he was able to stay on a payroll for the entire season.
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 said.
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.