Phillip Adams news – live: Police to hold press conference after ex-NFL star accused in Rock Hill mass shooting

Phillip Adams #28 of the Oakland Raiders looks into the crowd during the first half against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on 8 December 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey

Phillip Adams #28 of the Oakland Raiders looks into the crowd during the first half against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on 8 December 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey

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A gunman who shot dead five people in Rock Hill, South Carolina on Thursday before taking his own life has been identified by the Associated Press as former NFL player Phillip Adams.

Among the five people killed in the shooting were two children, and a prominent local doctor who is believed to have treated Mr Adams previously.

York County Sheriff’s Office’s spokesperson Trent Faris did not comment on the identity of the shooter, but confirmed that the doctor who had been killed was local physician Robert Lesslie.

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

The other victims of the shooting have been named as Dr Lesslie’s wife Barbara Lesslie, 69, and the couple’s grandchildren, nine-year-old Adah Lesslie, and five-year-old Noah Lesslie. The fifth victim was named as James Lewis, 38, while a sixth person was shot and has been hospitalised, AP reported.

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Danielle Zoellner8 April 2021 16:52

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Five people, including two children, killed in mass shooting

There were five people who were killed on Wednesday during a shooting in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Dr Robert Lesslie, 70, was a prominent doctor in the small town and revealed as one of the five victims in the shooting.

The other victims of the shooting have been named as Dr Lesslie’s wife Barbara Lesslie, 69, and the couple’s grandchildren, nine-year-old Adah Lesslie, and five-year-old Noah Lesslie. The fifth victim was named as James Lewis, 38.

A sixth person was also shot and has yet to be identified. The person was hospitalised with “serious gunshot wounds,” the York County Sheriff’s Department said.

The suspected gunman, who was identified by the Associated Press as former NFL player Phillip Adams, reportedly killed himself following the shooting.

Danielle Zoellner8 April 2021 16:38

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Investigators to hold a press conference

The York County Sheriff’s Department has announced it will hold a press conference on Thursday at 2pm local time at Moss Justice Center in York, South Carolina.

Investigators have yet to identify the suspected gunman in the shooting that took place on Wednesday. But Officer Trent Faris, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s department, said they “found the person we believe is responsible and we are with him at this time and that’s all I can say about the suspect.”

The investigation was ongoing but investigators were treating the shooting as a homicide.

The Associated Press has identified the suspected gunman as Phillip Adams, a former NFL player who grew up in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Police have yet to confirm the suspected gunman’s identity.

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Suspected gunman previously treated by renowned doctor, report says

Phillip Adams, a former NFL player, was identified as the gunman in the Rock Hill, South Carolina, shooting by the Associated Press.

Mr Adams was from the Rock Hill area and his parents lived near the home of Dr Robert Lesslie, who was killed in the shooting.

CNBC reports that Mr Adams was previously a patient of Dr Lesslie when he lived in Rock Hill.

The South Carolina town has been described as a tight-knit community with about 67,000 residents.

Danielle Zoellner8 April 2021 15:58

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Ex-NFL player reported as gunman

The gunman in the fatal shooting of a renowned doctor and four others in South Carolina has been identified by the Associated Press as former NFL player Phillip Adams, who also killed himself in the incident.

Mr Adams’ body was discovered by investigators from York County Sheriff’s Office at a nearby home on Wednesday evening, just hours after the deadly shooting occurred at a house in the Rock Hill area.

The AP reported that Mr Adams died by suicide just after midnight by a .45 calibre weapon.

Danielle Zoellner8 April 2021 15:46

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