Former NFL player Phillip Adams has been identified as the gunman who killed five people in a South Carolina home on Wednesday before taking his own life on Thursday morning, according to reports.
The victims in Wednesday’s shooting were identified as 70-year-old Dr. Robert Lesslie, his 69-year-old wife, Barbara Lesslie, and their grandchildren, 9-year-old Adah Lesslie and 5-year-old Noah Lesslie, along with 38-year-old James Lewis who was working at the home at the time of the shooting.
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t 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 source said Phillips killed himself after midnight with a .45 caliber weapon.
A sixth person was shot, but survived and is being treated at the local hospital.
The 32-year-old Phillips was previously treated by Dr. Lesslie.
After starring at South Carolina State, Phillips was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2010 NFL Draft. He would go on to have brief stints with the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders, New York Jets, and Atlanta Falcons.
Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of the victims during these incredibly difficult and tragic times.