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Authorities: Former NFLer Phillip Adams Killed 5 People, Self in SC

Phillip Adams
FILE – In this Oct. 17, 2010 file photo, San Francisco 49ers cornerback Phillip Adams (35) sits on the sideline during the first quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco. A source briefed on a mass killing in South Carolina says the gunman who killed multiple people, including a prominent doctor, was the former NFL pro. The source said that Adams shot himself to death early Thursday, April 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Police officials in South Carolina say Former San Francisco 49ers cornerback Phillip Adams is responsible for the shooting deaths of five people including two children ages 5 and 9 in the town of Rock Hill.

Adams later killed himself with a .45 caliber pistol in the bathroom of his parents’ home in the early morning hours of Thursday.

A motive for the killing is not known at this time.

Adams had been under the care of one of the victims, Dr. Robert Lesslie, 70.

He along with his wife, Barbara, 69, and their grandchildren Adah and Noah Lesslie, ages 9 and 5, were believed to have been killed by Adams who police say left evidence at the crime scene.

Another man, James Lewis, 38, of Gaston, SC was found dead outside the home and another victim was critically wounded.

When police arrived at the home of his parents to question Adams he apparently took his own life.

Adams was drafted out of South Carolina State by the 49ers in 2010 and played for the Patriots, Seahawks, Raiders, and Jets before ending his career with the Atlanta Falcons in 2015.

Adams suffered several injuries over the course of his career including two concussions in 2012.

He was 32 years old.