Former NFL star Phillip Adams took his own life after killing five people, including a prominent doctor, his wife and their two grandchildren, police said.
Police have yet to establish the motive for the mass shooting in South Carolina on Wednesday.
“There is nothing right now that doesn’t make sense to any of us,” York County Sheriff Kevil Tolson said during a media briefing.
Dr Robert Lesslie, 70, and his wife, Barbara, 69, were pronounced dead at the scene along with their grandchildren, Adah Lesslie, nine, and Noah Lesslie, five, the coroner’s office said. York County.
James Lewis, 38, of Gaston, was working on the property and was found shot dead outside, while an unidentified sixth person was taken to hospital with “serious gunshot wounds”.
After police discovered the five victims, they said evidence left at the scene led them to the home of Adams’ parents.
There, they led her mom and dad to safety before trying to speak outside the former San Francisco 49ers and the New England Patriots star.
Eventually, Sherriff Tolson said, they found him dead from a single gunshot wound to the head in a bedroom.
According to the Associated Press, Adams had been treated by Dr Lesslie, who lived near his parents’ house in the town of Rock Hill.