COLUMBIA, SC. – The shooter who killed five people, including a prominent South Carolina doctor, was former NFL player Phillip Adams, who killed himself early Thursday, according to a source caught up on the investigation

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity for not having the authority to speak publicly, said Adams’ parents lived near the doctor’s house in Rock Hill and he had been treated by the doctor, the source said , Adams killed himself after midnight with a 45-caliber gun. He was 32 years old

The York County Sheriff’s office said they searched for hours before finding the suspect in a nearby house

Adams played in 78 NFL games for six teams in five seasons. A security and special team player from the state of South Carolina, he joined the 49ers in 2010 as a seventh-round draft pick
Rarely a rookie, Adams also played with New England, Seattle, Atlanta, Oakland and the New York Jets, ending his career with the Falcons in 2015

As a rookie, Adams suffered a serious ankle injury late in the 2010 season that required surgery to insert multiple screws into the leg.He never played for the 49ers again, was released just before the start of the 2011 season and signed with New England It wasn’t until 2013 with the Raiders that he was on a squad for a whole season

Dr Robert Lesslie (70) and his wife Barbara Lesslie (69) were pronounced dead at the scene together with their grandchildren Adah Lesslie (9) and Noah Lesslie (5)

A man who had worked at home, James Lewis, 38, of Gaston, was found shot dead outside and a sixth person was hospitalized with “severe gunshot wounds,” said Trent Faris, spokesman for the York Sheriff’s Office County

Faris said early Thursday that MPs received a call around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday to the Lesslies home and spent hours searching for the suspect before he was found in a nearby home

“We found the person we believe is responsible and we are with them at this point and that is all I can say about the suspect,” Faris said, adding that they had no reason to believe that anyone else was involved. “We are currently at his house pending a search warrant”

Later on Thursday, several sheriff MPs were posted near the Lesslie House, which is well behind an arched stone gate, up a long paved driveway and not visible from the road to The Adams House, about a mile up the road down, is a humble, single story brick home There were several cars in the driveway

Lesslie had worked as an ambulance at Rock Hill for decades, was board certified in both emergency medicine and occupational medicine, and was the medical director of the emergency department at Rock Hill General Hospital for nearly 15 years, according to his website

He founded two emergency centers in the area and wrote a weekly medical column for The Charlotte Observer. He also wrote a book called “Angels in the Emergency Room” collecting “inspiring true stories” from his time in the emergency room

“I know without a doubt that life is fragile,” wrote Lesslie after an excerpt. “I have understood that humility can be the greatest virtue. And I am convinced that we must take the time to who are very dear to us, to say the things that we deeply feel “

“Dr Lesslie was my doctor who grew up, “said Faris,” DR Lesslie was one of those people everyone knows. He started Riverview Medical Center in Rock Hill and it’s been a staple in Rock Hill for years “

A bio page states that he and his wife raised four children and that Lesslie graduated from South Carolina Medical University

Rock Hill is a city in northernmost South Carolina, about 25 miles southwest of Charlotte, North Carolina

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