Family members were stunned and baffled on Thursday by a spasm of violence from a former professional football player, who was accused of shooting five people to death in South Carolina on Wednesday and then shooting himself. commit suicide.
Former NFL defensive back Phillip Adams died by suicide after shooting Dr Robert Lesslie, 70, his wife, Barbara Lesslie, 69, their grandchildren Adah Lesslie, 9, and Noah Lesslie, 5 Authorities said Thursday, and James Lewis, 38.
After a manhunt lasting several hours, officers found a suspect who “lives on the same road” as the victims and that a search warrant was served on the house, the sheriff’s office said.
“There’s nothing about it, as of yet, that doesn’t make sense to any of us,” York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson said at a press conference Thursday. .
Adams played six seasons in the NFL, including stints with the San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders, New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons. .
He is perhaps best known for sustaining a horrific injury in a Dec. 26, 2010 game between his visiting Niners and the St. Louis Rams.
Disturbing video and photos of the injury showed Adams’ ankle and left foot appearing to be broken and pointed in different directions as he was trapped under a Rams player.
He was cut after that rookie season, before the cornerback bounced off several other teams.
During his time with the Raiders, Adams suffered at least two concussions at the end of the 2012 season.
“I think football ruined it,” Alonzo Adams, a man who identified himself as the former player’s father, told WCNC, an NBC affiliate in Charlotte, North Carolina. Adams did not elaborate on details of any football-related injuries his son may have suffered.
Elder Adams was unable to explain the carnage that unfolded on Wednesday, before the former player died early Thursday.
“All I can say is we pray for the family,” said Alonzo Adams. “He was my doctor a long time ago. I know they were good people there. We will keep them in our prayers.
Robert Lesslie was the founder and medical director of Riverview House Calls & Riverview Hospice and Palliative Care, according to the company’s website. He received his medical degree from the University of South Carolina Medicine and practiced in Rock Hill for 40 years, the website said.
He and his wife had four grown children and eight grandchildren.
“We are truly in the midst of the unthinkable,” the Lesslie family said in a statement Thursday. “The losses we are suffering cannot be pronounced at this time. Although we know there are no answers that will satisfy the question ‘why’, we are sure of one thing: we do not cry like those hopeless.”
Sheriff’s spokesperson Trent Faris, who has lived in Rock Hill his entire life, said Lesslie was his childhood doctor.
“A lot of people know Dr. Lesslie,” Faris said. “It is a very tragic and tragic situation.”
Investigators did not immediately determine the motive for the shooting.
Adams, 32, played 78 NFL games between 2010 and 2015, making 121 tackles and recording five assists.
“Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the victims of this devastating tragedy,” the NFL said in a statement.
Adams attended South Carolina State University, a historically black university in Orangeburg.
The Middle East Athletic Conference artist was selected in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft by San Francisco.
Wong wong contributed.