A former NFL defensive again pressured his manner into the South Carolina house of a outstanding physician and gunned down his household — together with his two younger grandchildren — earlier than capturing himself inside his dad and mom’ house close by, authorities mentioned.
Phillip Adams, 32, shot two air-conditioning contractors outdoors the house of Dr. Robert Lesslie — killing one — earlier than breaking in and capturing the doctor and his household in a again room, York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson mentioned.
Adams had two handguns, a .45-caliber and a 9 mm, when deputies later discovered him useless from an obvious self-inflicted gunshot wound at his household’s house down the street.
Tolson mentioned investigators shortly discovered proof “that linked” Adams to Lesslie, however mentioned a motive for the horrific shootings stays unknown.
“We have probably more questions than what you do about this case right now,” he mentioned throughout a press briefing Thursday. “We are working hard to provide some answers. Obviously, one answer is why. That is a question that we are probing as we speak.”
“There’s nothing about this that makes any sense,” the sheriff mentioned.
However, Philip’s father Alonzo Adams, advised WCNC Thursday that they knew the Lesslie household.
“He used to be my doctor a long time ago. I know they were good folks down there. We’re gonna keep them in our prayers,” Alonzo advised the outlet.
Philip had additionally been handled by the physician, a supply advised the Associated Press.
Found useless inside the house had been Lesslie, 70, his spouse Barbara, 69, and their grandchildren, Adah, 9, and Noah, 5.
Also shot and killed was 38-year-old James Lewis, an worker of Gaston Sheet Metal who was working on the Lesslie house, whereas his co-worker was wounded.
Chilling audio of 911 calls round 4:45 p.m. Wednesday performed by the sheriff’s office on the briefing reveals particulars of the horrific scene.
“My technician just called me literally 30 seconds ago,” a caller from the sheet steel company advised the dispatcher. “My two technicians are there. One called me. He can’t talk. He’s screaming, ‘I’ve been shot, I’ve been shot.’”
“And I asked him where the other one is and he’s saying he’s laying here and he’s not responding and he was shot also,” the caller mentioned. “I can’t get any other information out of him.”
Tolson mentioned Adams fled the scene, and was tracked down at his dad and mom’ house close by after police dispatched a drone, canines and a chopper to find him.
The sheriff mentioned deputies didn’t hear a gunshot after clearing his dad and mom out of the home — and weren’t getting a response when attempting to speak the previous NFL player out of the bed room.
Adams, whose career included stints with the New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, and New England Patriots, was then discovered useless contained in the room from an obvious self-inflicted gunshot wound to the top.
The athlete had a spotty six-year NFL career marred by accidents. He final performed for the Atlanta Falcons in 2015.
“I can say he’s a good kid,” Adams’ father, Alonzo Adams, advised WCNC. “I think the football messed him up.”
In 2012, he suffered two concussions throughout a three-game span whereas enjoying for the Raiders, in accordance with stories.
He performed at South Carolina State University earlier than being drafted within the seventh spherical of the 2010 NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers.
He performed 78 video games over six professional seasons.
Adams was arrested on a easy battery cost in 2009 however was later acquitted, and was cited for site visitors violations on Tuesday, a day earlier than the shootings.
In an announcement Thursday, US Rep. Ralph Norman issued an announcement, saying the Lesslies had been shut buddies of his household.
“I cannot describe the heartache and pain Eliane and I are feeling this morning, as we mourn the tragic loss of Dr. Robert Lesslie, his wife, Barbara, and their grandchildren, Adah and Noah,” the congressman wrote on Twitter.
“To know the Lesslie family is to love them,” Norman wrote. “Through the decades, they made such an incredible impact on our area and the lives of countless people — more than they could have ever known.”