COLUMBIA, SC – A gunman who killed five people on Wednesday, including a prominent doctor in South Carolina, was former NFL pro Phillip Adams, who killed himself Thursday morning, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation .
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly, said Adams’s parents lived near the doctor’s home in Rock Hill and he had been treated by the doctor. The source said Phillips committed suicide after midnight with a .45 caliber gun.
Adams played as a defensive back for several teams including the San Francisco 49ers and the Atlanta Falcons after playing in South Carolina State. He also suffered multiple injuries in the NFL, including concussions and a broken left ankle.
The York County Sheriff’s Office said it searched for hours before finding the suspect in a nearby house.
The York County Coroner’s Office said Dr Robert Lesslie, 70, and his wife, Barbara Lesslie, 69, were pronounced dead at the scene with their grandchildren Adah Lesslie, 9, and Noah Lesslie , 5 years.
A man who worked at the home, James Lewis, 38, of Gaston, was found shot outside, and a sixth person was hospitalized with “serious gunshot wounds,” the office spokesperson said York County Sheriff Trent Faris.
Faris said MPs were called around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Lesslies’ home in the Rock Hill area, and spent hours searching for the suspect before finding him at a nearby house.
“We have found the person we believe is responsible and we are with him at the moment, and that is all I can say about the suspect,” Faris said.
The investigation is ongoing, he said.