The alleged gunman in a mass shooting that killed five people in South Carolina – including a doctor and two of his grandchildren – was former NFL player Phillip Adams, sources close to the case said Thursday.
Adams, 32, then killed himself with a .45 caliber weapon early Thursday, according to the source, who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak in public.
Adams, a former defensive back, played in late 2015 for the Atlanta Falcons. He also spent seasons with the San Francisco, Oakland and New York Jets as well as short periods in New England and Seattle, according to a professional football reference site.
During his NFL career, he suffered several injuries, including concussion and a broken left ankle, the Associated Press reported.
Adams, a Rock Hill native, attended South Carolina State University and was drafted by San Francisco in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played 78 games in his six-year career.
Adams’ parents live near the Rock Hill house of Dr. Robert Lesslie, 70, and he had been treated by the doctor, a source told the Associated Press.
Hours before he took his own life, investigators say Adams shot six people and killed five, including Lesslie and Lesslie’s wife, Barbara, 69, and two of their grandchildren, 9-year-old Adah Lesslie and 5-year-old Noah Lesslie.
A fifth victim, James Lewis, 38, who was working at home at the time, was also fatally shot. A sixth person, who was not immediately identified, was hospitalized with a serious gunshot wound, authorities said.
The sixth victim was also maintenance work at Lesslie’s home, sources close to the case tell The Herald.
Adams is believed to have killed himself as police surrounded a home near where the victims were found, sources told the newspaper.