Report: Ex-NFL player Phillip Adams commits suicide after killing 5 in South Carolina

Barry Werner
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A former NFL player, Phillip Adams killed five people in South Carolina on Wednesday before committing suicide, according to reports.

Per USA Today:

A doctor, his wife their two young grandchildren were among those found Wednesday evening at a home in York County, South Carolina. They died as a result of gunshot wounds, according to the York County Sheriff’s Office.

Adams’ parents live near the doctor’s home, and he has been treated by the doctor in the past, according to the AP’s source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly. The source said Adams killed himself after midnight Thursday.

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 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.

Adams played college football at South Carolina State before an NFL career that spanned 2010-15. He spent time with the Raiders, Falcons, Patriots, Jets Seahawks and 49ers.