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Former NFL player killed himself after killing 5 people, including 2 kids, in S.C. shooting rampage

Phillip Adams dead after shooting rampage
Former South Carolina State defensive back Phillip Adams started 78 games in the NFL over five years for six different teams.

Former South Carolina State defensive back Phillip Adams started 78 games in the NFL over five years for six different teams. The former 7th round pick of the 49ers is dead after a shooting rampage in South Carolina.

Adams played college football for the South Carolina State Bulldogs and was drafted in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. He also played for the New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks, and New York Jets.

According to reports, Adams shot six people, killing five people including a prominent doctor in South Carolina and two children before he killed himself.

The York County coroner’s office said Dr. Robert Lesslie, 70, and his wife, Barbara Lesslie, 69, were pronounced dead at the scene along with grandchildren Adah Lesslie, 9, and Noah Lesslie, 5.

A man who had been working at the home, James Lewis, 38, from Gaston, was found shot to death outside, and a sixth person was hospitalized with “serious gunshot wounds,” York County Sheriff’s Office’s spokesperson Trent Faris said.

According to ESPN, they spoke to a witness on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly, said Adams’ parents live near the doctor’s home in Rock Hill, and that he had been treated by the doctor. The source said Adams killed himself after midnight with a .45-caliber weapon. He was 32.

This is horrible news. More details will be coming.

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