YORK COUNTY, S.C. — The gunman who killed five people including a prominent doctor in South Carolina was former NFL player Phillip Adams, who killed himself early Thursday, according to Channel 9 sources who were briefed on the investigation.
The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly, said Adams’ parents live near the doctor’s home in Rock Hill, and that he had been treated by the doctor. The sources said Adams killed himself after midnight with a .45 caliber weapon.
The York County Sheriff’s Office said they had searched for hours before finding the suspect in a nearby home.
Adams was born on July 20, 1988 in Rock Hill. He graduated from Rock Hill High School and starred at South Carolina State, where he played cornerback and on special teams.
He was drafted in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers and went on to play for several other teams, including the New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons.
Phillips also suffered multiple injuries in the NFL, including concussions and a broken left ankle.
The York County coroner’s office said Dr. Robert Lesslie, 70, and his wife, Barbara Lesslie, 69, were pronounced dead at the scene along with grandchildren Adah Lesslie, 9, and Noah Lesslie, 5.
A man who had been working at the home, James Lewis, 38, from Gastonia, was found shot to death outside, and a sixth person was hospitalized with “serious gunshot wounds,” York County Sheriff’s Office’s spokesperson Trent Faris said.
Faris said deputies were called around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday to the Lesslies’ home, and spent hours searching for the suspect before finding him in a nearby home.
The investigation is ongoing.