49ers Phillip Adams is running for a touchdown in the second quarter on Saturday, August 28, 2010, at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. The San Francisco 49ers played the Oakland Raiders last season. (Jim Gensheimer / Mercury News)
FILE – In this file photo dated Oct. 25, 2015, Atlanta Falcons defender Phillip Adams arrives for an NFL soccer game against the Tennessee Titans in Nashville, Tennessee. The shooter who killed several people, including a prominent South Carolina doctor, was the former NFL professional to kill himself early Thursday, April 8, 2021, according to a source briefed on the investigation. (AP Photo / Mark Zaleski, File)
Seattle Seahawks left back Phillip Adams, 28, can’t stop Oakland Raiders’ Mychal Rivera, 81, from playing in the first quarter of their NFL preseason game on Thursday at the O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California to catch a touchdown pass, Aug. 28, 2014. (Doug Duran / Bay Area News Group)
Phillip Adams (28) of Oakland Raiders celebrates at the O.co Coliseum on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 in Oakland, Calif., with Brandon Boykin (22) of Philadelphia Eagles (Meyer / Bay Area News Group)
Phillip Adams (28) of Oakland Raiders will be in the first quarter of their game at the O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., from Pierre Thomas (23) of New Orleans Saints (23) and Courtney Roby (15) of New Orleans Saints defeated Sunday, November 18, 2012. (Jane Tyska / Staff)
The Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2 ), will face Richard Seymour (92) and others for the first time in the second half of an NFL soccer game on Sunday, October 14, 2012 nd Phillip Adams, 28, from Oakland Raiders on in Atlanta. (AP Photo / John Bazemore)
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The gunman who killed five people, including a prominent South Carolina doctor, was former 49ers and Raiders cornerback Phillip Adams, who killed himself early Thursday, according to a source brought up on the investigation.
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity for not having the authority to speak publicly, said Adam’s parents lived near the doctor’s house in Rock Hill and that he had been treated by the doctor. The source said Phillips killed himself with a 45-caliber gun after midnight.
The York County Sheriff’s Office said they searched for hours before finding the suspect in a nearby home.
The 33-year-old Adams played as a defender for several teams. The 49ers drafted it in 2010 as a seventh-round election from the state of South Carolina.
Adams appeared as a rookie in 15 games before breaking an ankle and injuring himself prior to the 2011 season. Born in Rock Hill, he played for the Raiders from 2012 to 2013 as well as for the New England Patriots (2011), the Seattle Seahawks (2011), the New York Jets (2014) and the Atlanta Falcons (2015). He also sustained multiple injuries in the NFL, including concussions.
The York County Coroner’s Office said Dr. Robert Lesslie (70) and his wife Barbara Lesslie (69) were declared dead at the scene together with their grandchildren Adah Lesslie (9) and Noah Lesslie (5).
A man who had worked at home, James Lewis, 38, of Gaston, was found shot dead outside, and a sixth person was hospitalized with « serious gunshot wounds, » said Trent Faris, spokesman for the sheriff’s office York County.
Faris said the MPs received a call around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday to the Lesslies home and spent hours searching for the suspect before he was found in a nearby home.
« We found the person we believe is responsible and we are with them at this point. That’s all I can say about the suspect, » Faris said.
The investigation is still ongoing, he said.
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« DR. Lesslie was my doctor who grew up, » Faris said. « DR. Lesslie was one of those people everyone knows. He founded Riverview Medical Center in Rock Hill and it has been a staple in Rock Hill for years. »
On a biography page of Dr. Lesslie is said to have raised four children and his 35-year-old wife. According to the Riverview website, he has been practicing medicine at Rock Hill since 1981. He graduated from South Carolina Medical University and has worked in the Rock Hill area and Charlotte, North Carolina.
Rock Hill is a city in northernmost South Carolina, about 25 miles southwest of Charlotte, North Carolina.