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Police: NFL player Phillip Adams shot, killed five people in South Carolina before killing himself

The family was prominent and well known

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2021-04-06 - All Things Men - 1

At least five people, including two children, were killed in what police are calling a mass shooting in York County, South Carolina, on Wednesday. 

Police were called to 4400 Marshall Road for reports of a shooting around 4:45 p.m. 

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Police tweeted that they were looking for a Black man wearing a black hoodie and camouflage pants who was seen in the area. 

The shooting victims near Rock Hill included a doctor, his wife and their two grandchildren, the York County Sheriff’s Office announced. 

According to ABC News, they were identified as 70-year-old Dr. Robert Lesslie, his wife, 69-year-old Barbara Lesslie, their two grandchildren aged five and nine, and 39-year-old James Lewis, who was working at the home when he was shot. 

According to CNN, the family was prominent and very well known. 

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A source briefed on the investigation told the Associated Press that the gunman was NFL player Phillip Adams.

Police confirmed Adams as the suspect in a press conference held Thursday afternoon.

Adams, a graduate of South Carolina State University, has played for the Atlanta Falcons, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.

The publication reported that the 33-year-old was found in a home near the crime scene.

The doctor, who lived near Adams’ parents, treated the player.

This is a developing story that will be updated.