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Former NFL player Phillip Adams allegedly killed five people and himself in South Carolina shootout

Former NFL player Phillip Adams shot and killed five people before committing suicide Thursday in South Carolina, according to reports.

Dr Robert Lesslie, 70, Barbara Lesslie, 69, and two grandchildren, aged 9 and 5, were pronounced dead at the scene. A fifth victim, James Lewis, 38, was also found dead outside the home in Rock Hill, South Carolina, about 27 miles south of Charlotte, North Carolina.

A sixth victim was hospitalized with “serious gunshot wounds,” reports the Associated Press.

The AP reports that Adams committed suicide early Thursday after a lengthy search by law enforcement. He was later found in a nearby house. Adams was 33 years old.

The defensive back has played in the NFL for the 49ers, Patriots and Raiders, also spending time with the Seahawks, Jets and Falcons.

Lesslie was a prominent and well-known South Carolina physician who also wrote a book.

Adams suffered several injuries while in the league, including multiple concussions and a serious ankle injury.

He played college football at South Carolina State University and was a seventh-round draft pick for the 49ers in 2010.

Adams last spent time on an NFL roster in 2015 with Atlanta.





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