COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The gunman who killed 5 folks together with a distinguished physician in South Carolina was former NFL participant Phillip Adams, who killed himself early Thursday, in line with a supply who was briefed on the investigation.
The supply, who spoke on situation of anonymity as a result of he wasn’t approved to talk publicly, mentioned Adams’ dad and mom reside close to the physician’s residence in Rock Hill, and that he had been handled by the physician. The supply mentioned Phillips killed himself after midnight with a .45 caliber weapon.
The York County Sheriff’s Workplace mentioned that they had looked for hours earlier than discovering the suspect in a close-by residence.
Adams, 33, performed as a defensive again for a number of groups together with the 49ers and the Atlanta Falcons after starring at South Carolina State. He additionally suffered a number of accidents in the NFL, together with concussions and a damaged left ankle.
The York County coroner’s workplace mentioned Dr. Robert Lesslie, 70, and his spouse, Barbara Lesslie, 69, have been pronounced lifeless on the scene together with grandchildren Adah Lesslie, 9, and Noah Lesslie, 5.
A person who had been working on the residence, James Lewis, 38, from Gaston, was discovered shot to loss of life outdoors, and a sixth individual was hospitalized with “critical gunshot wounds,” York County Sheriff’s Workplace’s spokesperson Trent Faris mentioned.
Faris mentioned deputies have been referred to as round 4:45 p.m. Wednesday to the Lesslies’ residence, and spent hours trying to find the suspect earlier than discovering him in a close-by residence.
“We have now discovered the individual we consider is accountable and we’re with him presently and that’s all I can say in regards to the suspect,” Faris mentioned.
The investigation is ongoing, he mentioned.
“Dr. Lesslie was my physician rising up,” Faris mentioned. “Dr. Lesslie has been a kind of folks that everyone is aware of. He began Riverview Medical Heart in Rock Hill and it’s been a staple in Rock Hill for years.”
A biography page of Dr. Lesslie mentioned he and his spouse of 35 years raised 4 youngsters. He had been training medication in Rock Hill since 1981, in line with the Riverview website. He acquired his diploma on the Medical College of South Carolina and has labored in the encircling Rock Hill space and Charlotte, North Carolina.
Rock Hill is a metropolis in northernmost South Carolina about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of Charlotte, North Carolina.