What we know about ex-NFL player Phillip Adams, gunman ID’d in SC mass shooting – New York Post
The alleged gunman in a mass shooting that killed five people in South Carolina — including a doctor and two of his grandchildren — was a former NFL player who had been treated by the slain physician, according to reports Thursday.
Phillip Adams, 32, took his own life with a .45-caliber weapon early Thursday, hours after investigators say he shot six people, five fatally, on Wednesday, including Dr. Robert Lesslie, 70, his wife, Barbara Lesslie, 69, and two of their grandchildren, 9-year-old Adah Lesslie and 5-year-old Noah Lesslie, a source close to the matter told The Associated Press.
A sixth person, a second worker at the home who was not immediately identified, was hospitalized with a gunshot wound, sources told The Herald.
Adams’ parents live near the Lesslie family home in Rock Hill and the former NFL pro had been previously treated by the doctor, a source told the Associated Press.
Adams, a former cornerback, last played in 2015 for the Atlanta Falcons. He had two concussions during a three-game span during the 2012 season with Oakland, as well a groin injury that ended his season, The Herald reported.
Two years earlier, a broken left ankle cut short his rookie season with the San Francisco 49ers, according to the report.
Adams, a Rock Hill native, was tracked down by police at his parents’ home — down the street from the gruesome shooting scene, the newspaper reported.
Adams is believed to have killed himself as cops surrounded the residence, a coroner told the newspaper.
The former NFL player’s mother was inside the home as cops closed in, but she was safely removed before Adams was found dead, according to the report.
A motive in the mass shooting has not been released by authorities, The Herald reported. A press conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, York County sheriff officials said.
Adams was convicted of several traffic charges in York County on Tuesday, one day before the mass shooting, including driving under suspension, The State reported, citing South Carolina records.
He was also charged with simple assault and battery in 2009, but was later acquitted at trial, the newspaper reported.
Adams was drafted in the seventh round by San Francisco in 2010 after attending South Carolina State University. He played 78 games in his six-year career, including seasons with Oakland and the New York Jets, as well as brief stints in New England and Seattle, according to a pro football reference website.
NFL officials, meanwhile, acknowledged Wednesday’s mass shooting in a statement to The Post Thursday.
“Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the victims of this devastating tragedy,” the statement read.