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Authorities: NFL player Phillip Adams killed 5, then himself

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UPDATE (AP) -- Authorities in South Carolina have confirmed that former NFL player Phillip Adams was the gunman who killed five people, including a prominent doctor, his wife, and their two grandchildren in South Carolina.

They told a news conference Thursday that they had not yet determined a motive. York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson said evidence left at the scene of the shooting led them to Adams as a suspect.

He said they went to Adams' parents' home, evacuated them and then tried to talk Adams out of the house.

Eventually, they found him dead of a single gunshot wound to the head in a bedroom, he said.


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The gunman who killed five people including a prominent doctor in South Carolina was former NFL pro Phillip Adams, who killed himself early Thursday, according to a source who was briefed on the investigation.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly, said Adams’ parents live near the doctor’s home in Rock Hill, and that he had been treated by the doctor.

The source said Phillips killed himself after midnight with a .45 caliber weapon.

The victims included Dr. Robert Lesslie, his wife Barbara, their grandchildren Adah and Noah, and a man working outside, James Lewis.

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