Phillip Adams, a former NFL star, killed himself after committing a mass shooting on Wednesday. The victims, Dr. Robert Lesslie, and his family were found dead in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Police are still searching for a motive.
The suspect, Phillip Adams, was 33 and played as a defensive back for multiple teams including the 49ers and the Atlanta Falcons. During his time in the NFL, Adams suffered multiple injuries, including a concussion and a broken left ankle. Dr. Robert Lesslie treated Adams for injuries before. As of now, authorities don’t know the motive of the shooting or suicide.
According to ABC News, five people are dead, including the prominent South Carolina doctor, and a sixth was shot and rushed to the hospital. The gunman, former NFL player Phillip Adams, committed suicide Thursday morning.
Adams’ parents live near Dr. Roberts’ home in Rock Hill. After the mass shooting, Adams was found dead in a nearby home, after officers of the York County Sheriff’s Office had searched for the suspect for hours.
Dr. Robert Lesslie, 70, and members of his family including his wife, Barbara Lesslie, 69, and grandchildren Adah Lesslie, 9, and Noah Lesslie, 5, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Dr. Lesslie was known for being a staple in the Rock Hill community, according to AOL, working as an emergency room doctor and serving as an emergency department medical director for 15 years. He also founded two urgent care facilities in the area.
Trent Faris, a spokesperson for the York County Sheriff’s Office, explained that Dr. Lesslie has been “one of those people that everybody knows. He started Riverview Medical Center in Rock Hill and it’s been a staple in Rock Hill for years.”
The sheriff’s office learned about the tragedy through a call at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday. But the suspect, Phillip Adams, wasn’t found until hours later. A sixth person was hospitalized, according to CNN.
The New York Times reported that the President is expected to unveil a series of executive actions, as he and his administration look to address gun violence. “One rule would help stop the proliferation of so-called ghost guns- kits that allow a gun to be assembled from pieces” the New York Times article stated, and “a second rule would make clear that when a device marketed as a stabilizing brace transforms a pistol into short barrel rifle, that firearm is subject to the requirements of the National Firearms Act.”
Three initiatives will be revealed by the Justice Department on Thursday, and the final act will allow police and family members to petition a court to temporarily remove firearms from those who may present a danger to themselves or others.
The South Carolina shooting puts additional pressure on Joe Biden and his administration. The combined tragedies of the Rock Hill incident and two more back-to-back mass shootings in Atlanta and Boulder have brought gun control to the fore again.
The investigation into the Rock Hill mass shooting is ongoing. We will continue to update you as the story develops.