WASHINGTON: A former American skilled soccer participant killed 5 individuals together with a physician and the physician’s spouse earlier than dying by suicide, police within the US state of South Carolina confirmed Thursday.
Authorities mentioned at a press convention that former San Francisco 49ers cornerback Phillip Adams fatally shot the 5 victims Wednesday within the metropolis of Rock Hill.
He then returned to his dad and mom’ home, the place he killed himself early Thursday after a standoff with police.
“There’s nothing proper now that is sensible to any of us,” mentioned York County sheriff Kevin Tolson, including that legislation enforcement have but to find out a motive.
The 5 victims embody a 70-year-old physician, his 69-year-old spouse and two of their grandchildren, age 5 and 9, in addition to a 38-year-old boiler technician who was killed whereas working exterior their home.
The physician, Robert Lesslie, was a “pillar” of his neighborhood, the sheriff mentioned. He had based a well being care heart close by, in accordance with native media.
“The losses we’re struggling can’t be uttered presently,” Lesslie’s household mentioned in an announcement, learn out by Tolson through the press convention.
A sixth particular person, one other technician working on the home, was hospitalized with severe gunshot wounds, Tolson mentioned.
After arriving on the crime scene, the police had been rapidly in a position to establish Adams as a suspect primarily based on proof, in accordance with the sheriff.
After evacuating Adams’s dad and mom, who had been unaware of what had occurred, from their home, authorities sought to succeed in the previous NFL participant, who was nonetheless inside.
When officers entered the home, they found Adams’s physique, Tolson mentioned. He had died from a self-inflicted wound.
Chatting with a neighborhood tv channel, Adams’s father Alonzo mentioned he believed taking part in skilled soccer had “messed him up.”
Adams’s skilled profession, from 2010-2015, was marred by accidents, together with concussions.
Along with the 49ers, he additionally performed for the New England Patriots, the New York Jets, the Oakland Raiders and the Atlanta Falcons.
The quintuple homicide comes as the US remains to be reeling from two mass shootings in early 2021 in Atlanta and Boulder, Colorado.
US President Joe Biden, who unveiled a plan for brand new gun management measures on Thursday, branded gun violence within the nation an “epidemic” and an “worldwide embarrassment.”
Throughout his speech, Biden cited the Rock Hill capturing for example.