Washington, April 9 2021: Phillip Adams, a former American professional football player killed five people including a doctor and the doctor’s wife before dying by suicide, police in South Carolina confirmed.
According to the authorities, the former San Francisco 49ers player, fatally shot the five victims Wednesday in the city of Rock Hill. He then returned to his parents’ house, where he killed himself after a standoff with police.
No motive has yet been identified according to the the county sheriff’s office. The five victims include Robert Lesslie, a 70-year-old doctor, his 69-year-old wife and two of their grandchildren, age five and nine, as well as a 38-year-old boiler maintenance person who was killed while working outside their house.The family was a well respected pillar of the community.
A sixth person, another technician working at the house, was hospitalized with serious gunshot wounds, Tolson said. After arriving at the crime scene, the police were quickly able to identify Adams as a suspect based on evidence, authorities then sought to reach the former NFL player, only to discover he had died of a self inflicted wound.
According to his father, Adams’s professional career, from 2010-2015, which was marred by injuries, including concussions, “messed him up”.
The incident comes as the US is still reeling from two mass shootings in early 2021 in Atlanta and Colorado. US President Joe Biden, who yesterday, unveiled a plan for new gun control measures, quoted this new shooting and branded gun violence in the country an “epidemic” and an “international embarrassment.”
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