Police find no clear motive in shooting allegedly carried out by former NFL player Phillip Adams

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Police have not been able to determine a clear motive in last week’s mass shooting in South Carolina involving former NFL cornerback Phillip Adams.

Adams allegedly shot and killed six people and then himself last week in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The police report, according to ESPN, listed six counts of murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and first degree burglary.

The police report, per ESPN, said that Adams was quickly identified as a suspect and that police found him “deceased from a gunshot wound” at his nearby home.

Adams allegedly “emerged from the woods” near the home of Dr. Robert Lesslie and “opened fire.” Police said he killed six people at the home — Lesslie, his wife and their two young grandchildren and two HVAC technicians who were working on the house at the time.

One of the HVAC technicians, Robert Shook, told police that Adams “went into the house, then exited and went back through the woods the way he came.” Shook died three days later.

An investigation into the shooting is still ongoing.

"We understand that there is a tremendous amount of public interest in this case and we will release further details when such release will not impact our ability to investigate these crimes," the police said in a note in the report, via ESPN.

Adams’ brain to be evaluated for CTE

Adams played in the league for six seasons for six total teams, and last appeared with the Atlanta Falcons in 2015.

Adams’ family reportedly gave permission to have his brain tested for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, the degenerative brain disease that occurs as a result of repeated brain trauma. It is frequently found in athletes, particularly football players, but can be diagnosed definitively only after death.

Adams reportedly suffered several concussions throughout his NFL career.

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Phillip Adams
Phillip Adams, seen here in 2010 with the 49ers, allegedly shot and killed six people and then himself earlier this month in South Carolina. (AP/Paul Sakuma, File)

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