By Michele LIU and MEG Kinnard, Associated Press
ROCK HILL, SC (AP) – The gunman who killed five people, including a prominent physician in South Carolina, was former NFL player Phillip Adams, who killed himself Thursday morning, according to a man who was reported to be investigating.
The man, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak in public, stated that Adams’ parents live near the doctor’s home in Rock Hill, and he was treated by a doctor Was. He said Adams killed himself after midnight with a .45-caliber weapon.
The York County Sheriff’s Office said they searched for hours before finding the suspect in a nearby home.
70 years old Dr. Robert Leslie and his wife, Barbara Leslie, 69, were pronounced dead along with grandchildren Adah Leslie, 9, and Noah Leslie, age 5, of York County Coroner’s Office.
A man who was working at home, 38-year-old James Lewis of Gaston, was shot and killed outside, and a sixth man was hospitalized with “serious gunshot wounds” in York County. Said Trent Farrant, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.
Adams, 33, played in 78 NFL games over five seasons for six teams. A safety and special teams player from South Carolina State, he joined the 49ers in 2010 as a seventh-round draft pick.
Barely a starter, Adams was also with the New England, Seattle, Oakland and New York Jets, finishing his career with the Atlanta Falcons in 2015.
As a rogue in the 2010 season, Adams suffered a serious ankle injury requiring surgery, involving multiple screws in the leg. He did not play for the 49ers again, released just before the 2011 season began and signed with New England. He moved next to the Raiders, where he did 2 concussions in a 3-game span in 2012.
Whether Adams as a player suffered long-term injuries as a player was not immediately clear. Adams would not be eligible for trial as part of a broader settlement between the league and its former players over such injuries, as he did not retire until 2014.
Adams’ father told a Charlotte television station that he blamed football for problems that might have led his son to Wednesday’s violence.
“I can say he’s a good kid, he was a good kid, and I think football messed him up,” Alonzo Adams told WCNC-TV. “He didn’t talk much and he didn’t bother anyone.”
Farris said early Thursday that around 4:45 pm Wednesday, Deplis was called to the text home, and evacuated neighbors as they caught a suspect with police dogs before finding him at a nearby home Spent hours searching.
Allison Hope, who lives across the street, said police allowed her to return home around 9 a.m. Wednesday night before she spotted a vehicle in Adams’s driveway. He said law enforcement quickly surrounded the house and then spent hours conversing with Adams, using loudspeakers, and sending in robots to scan the house. She said officers repeatedly asked Adams to come out, and Adams promised to get her disabled mother out safely before she shot herself.
“This is something that I have not yet understood. I can’t do it all at once and I’m trying, and I saw it, “said Asha. “I feel bad for him because if it was mental or something was going on in his life or whatever you know, he needed help, and that’s the sad part.”
Faris provided some details on Thursday before the planned news conference.
Farris said, “We have found that the person we believe is responsible and we are with him at the moment and this is what I can say about the suspect.” “We are currently at their home and we are serving a search warrant.”
Later on Thursday, some sheriff’s deployment was posted near the Leslie home, which is beyond an arched stone gate, a long paved path and not visible from the road. Adams’ house, about a mile from the road, is a modest, one-story brick house, with several sidewalks.
Leslie worked for decades as an emergency room physician in Rock Hill, according to his website, who was certified in both emergency medicine and occupational therapy and served as the medical director of the emergency department for nearly 15 years.
He established two urgent care centers in the area and wrote a weekly medical column for The Charlotte Observer. He also wrote a book called “Angels in the ER” called “Inspiring true stories” from his time in the emergency department.
“I know without a doubt that life is fragile,” Leslie wrote according to a quote. “I have understood that humility can be the greatest virtue. And I believe that we need time to say the things we feel deeply to those we care deeply about. “
Farris said that Leslie was very well known in the Rock Hill community.
“Dr. Leslie was growing up my doctor, ”said Faris. “Dr. Leslie has been one of the people everyone knows. He started Riverview Medical Center in Rock Hill and has been a staple in Rock Hill for years. “
A biographical page states that he and his wife raised four children, and that Leslie received his degree at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Rock Hill is a city in northern South Carolina about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Kinnear reported from Columbia, S.C. contributors include AP pro football writer Barry Wilner in New York; Josh Dabov in Alameda, California.; Maryclair Dale in Philadelphia and Nell Redmond in Rock Hill. Meg Kinnard can be reached at http://twitter.com/MegKinnardAP.
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