Former NFL player Phillip Adams kills five, then himself in South Carolina mass shooting

By Matt Johnson
Dec 22, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders cornerback Phillip Adams (28) prior to the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Former NFL player Phillip Adams was reportedly the gunman responsible for a mass shooting in South Carolina that killed five people, including a prominent doctor, his wife and their two grandchildren.

The deadly shooting occurred at a residence near Rock Hill, South Carolina. Law enforcement was called around 4:45 p.m. to a home after reports of a shooting, per CNN. Upon arrival, officers found six people shot and five were pronounced deceased. The sixth victim was transported to an area hospital with “serious gunshot wounds”, according to authorities.

Police tracked down the shooter to a nearby residence. According to the Associated Press, the shooter turned the .45 caliber gun on himself and took his own life. While law enforcement officials haven’t revealed the identity, it is reportedly former NFL player Phillip Adams.

Adams, 32, was born in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He played football at Rock Hill High School then signed on with South Carolina State. A seventh-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, he bounced around the NFL from 2010-’15.

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The 5-foot-11 cornerback spent his first season with the 49ers, before joining the New England Patriots in 2011 and later playing for the Seattle Seahawks that same season. He would spend the next two seasons with the Oakland Raiders, before brief stints with the Seahawks, New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons from 2014-’15.

Victims of the shooting were identified as Dr. Robert Lesslie, Robert Lesslie and their 5- and 9-year-old grandchildren. The fifth victim was a man who was doing work on the property.