(WBHnews) -A former skilled soccer participant shot and killed a distinguished South Carolina physician, his spouse, two grandchildren and one other man earlier than taking his personal life at his residence a brief distance away, authorities stated on Thursday.
Phillip Adams, 32, who left the Nationwide Soccer League greater than 5 years in the past, was discovered lifeless hours after the killings of 5 individuals on Wednesday on the residence of Dr. Robert Lesslie in suburban Rock Hill, South Carolina, York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson stated.
Investigators have been at a loss to supply a motive for the taking pictures spree that broke out within the quiet group about 30 miles (48 km) south of Charlotte, North Carolina.
“We’ve got in all probability extra questions than you do proper now,” Tolson informed reporters at a briefing.
There was no indication that Adams had any relationship with Lesslie or his household, Tolson stated.
The sheriff stated two weapons have been used within the violence, a .45-caliber and 9mm weapon.
Adams died from a single gunshot to the top at his residence a brief distance from the homicide scene, the place he lived along with his father, as police closed in hours after the shootings, officers stated.
As a participant, Adams had a six-year NFL profession as a defensive again with 5 groups, ending with the Atlanta Falcons in 2015. He attended South Carolina State College and was chosen within the seventh spherical of the 2010 draft by the San Francisco 49ers.
Adams’ father, Alonzo Adams, blamed the taking pictures outburst on soccer.
“I can say he’s child,” the elder Adams informed WCNC-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina. “I feel the soccer messed him up.”
Requested to remark, an NFL spokesman stated, “Our hearts exit to the households and associates of the victims of this devastating tragedy.”
The lethal taking pictures spree, reported late Wednesday afternoon, left a path of our bodies across the Lesslie residence. Killed have been Lesslie, 70, his spouse Barbara Lesslie, 69, two of their grandchildren, 9-year-old Adah Lesslie and 5-year-old Noah Lesslie, and James Lewis, 38, an air con technician working on the home, the sheriff’s workplace stated.
A sixth sufferer, additionally an air con technician, was wounded and rushed to a hospital, officers stated. He stays in vital situation, the sheriff stated.
Robert Lesslie, whose on-line biography stated he co-owned two native pressing care clinics, was a beloved member of the group, Tolson stated.
“Dr. Lesslie was a healer on this group,” he stated. “He knew everybody. He handled everybody with respect.”
He additionally had labored in and directed a number of busy emergency rooms at Charlotte-area hospitals and had been medical director of the emergency division at Rock Hill Common Hospital for nearly 15 years, the biography stated.
Reporting by Peter Szekely in New York; extra reporting by Amy Tennery in New York and Barbara Goldberg in Maplewood, New Jersey; modifying by Jonathan Oatis