NFL player Philip Adams kills himself and 5 others

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At least five people are dead, including two children, in what police in York County, S.C., called a “case of a mass shooting” committed by a former National Football League player.

Phillip M. Adams was an American professional football player who was a cornerback in the National Football League. He played college football for the South Carolina State Bulldogs and was drafted in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers

Four of the victims of Wednesday’s shooting came from what authorities described as a “very prominent and very well-known” family in the Rock Hill community: Robert Lesslie, a 70-year-old doctor; his wife, Barbara Lesslie, 69; and two grandchildren, Adah, 9, and Noah, 5. The fifth victim, James Lewis, 38, of Gastonia, N.C., was working at the home at the time of the shooting.

Adams was found at his parents’ home near the doctor’s residence in Rock Hill, S.C. Adams killed himself with a .45 caliber weapon, police say.

Speaking with Charlotte NBC affiliate WCNC, Adams’ father, Alonzo Adams, said football was to blame. “I think the football messed him up,” Alonzo Adams says He went on to say that Dr. Lesslie was his doctor years prior, and that the Lesslies “I knew they were good folks, and I don’t know what happened.”

He expressed his prayers for their family. Phillip Adams was found in his parents’ home about a mile away from the Lesslies’ home.

Air conditioning technician James Lewis, of Gastonia, North Carolina, was found dead outside.

The surviving technician, Robert Shook, is out of surgery, according to a Facebook post from his daughter on Thursday evening. Her father is in intensive care on a ventilator, she wrote.She said that she was able to see him and that he has a “very long road ahead of him.”

“There’s nothing about this right now that makes sense to any of us,” the sheriff said.A statement from the doctor’s four children said the family is dealing with unimaginable loss.

“While we know there are no answers that will satisfy the question ‘why,’ we are sure of one thing: we do not grieve as those without hope. Our hope is found in the promise of Jesus Christ, and we are enveloped by peace that surpasses all understanding,” the statement says.



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