Former NFL pro Phillip Adams killed five, then himself – Boston 25 News

The gunman who killed five people including a prominent doctor in South Carolina was former NFL pro Phillip Adams, who killed himself early Thursday, according to a source who was briefed on the investigation.

According to the New England Patriots website, Adams had a very brief stint with the team. He “was originally signed by the Patriots on Sept. 21 before being released on Oct. 8, signed on Oct. 13 and released on Oct. 14… Adams was re-signed on Oct. 18.” According to the article, Adams was released on Nov. 29.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly, said Adams’ parents live near the doctor’s home in Rock Hill, and that he had been treated by the doctor.

The source said Phillips killed himself after midnight with a .45 caliber weapon.

The victims included Dr. Robert Lesslie, his wife Barbara, their grandchildren Adah and Noah, and a man working outside, James Lewis.

Boston 25 News has reached out to the Patriots for comment.

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