ROCK HILL, S.C. — Authorities on Friday are working to find out a doable motive after Wednesday’s capturing spree when police say former NFL participant Phillip Adams gunned down 5 folks, together with a beloved physician, his spouse and their two younger grandchildren.
A fifth particular person working on the household’s dwelling was additionally discovered lifeless, and a sixth particular person was injured.
Officers are hoping some solutions may be present in Adams’ post-mortem. The York County Coroner’s Workplace on Friday introduced his mind could be examined for indicators of power traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) — a degenerative illness impacting the mind that is linked to athletes who are suffering a number of concussions.
Adams, 32, performed cornerback for groups together with the San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots. He was later discovered lifeless of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his household’s dwelling, down the road from the bloodbath in Rock Hill, the York County Sheriff’s Workplace stated. Post-mortem and toxicology experiences are pending.
Rock Hill is a metropolis of about 75,000 in northern South Carolina.
Here is what we all know Friday:
Lone survivor was shot 6 occasions, referred to as for assist
The lone survivor of the capturing has proven promising indicators of enchancment since being shot Wednesday, however an extended street to restoration lies forward.
Robert Shook of Cherryville was working at a rural dwelling in York County, South Carolina, when a gunman shot him.
Shook continues to struggle for his life following a number of surgical procedures at Atrium Well being’s Carolinas Medical Heart in Charlotte. Shook was shot six occasions, in line with his cousin, Heather Thompson, who spoke Friday on behalf of Shook’s household.
Shook managed to name his supervisor at GSM Companies for assist Wednesday and his supervisor referred to as 911. An 80-year-old man chopping grass close by additionally referred to as 911.
Medical doctors have advised the Shook household that he has extra hope for restoration than initially thought. Whereas Shook has proven favorable indicators, he isn’t fairly out of the woods but, Thompson stated.
“He nonetheless has some crucial accidents,” she stated. “We simply ask that you simply proceed to hope for him and pray for this household please.”
Lesslie household: Who had been the victims?
The victims had been recognized as: Dr. Robert Lesslie, 70; Barbara Lesslie, 69; who had been married; and their grandchildren Adah Lesslie, 9, and Noah Lesslie, 5.
James Lewis, 38, was discovered lifeless exterior. Lewis was working on the dwelling for a firm that makes a speciality of air-con, roof and heating restore, police stated.
One other worker was discovered injured and brought to a hospital the place he’s in crucial situation.
Extra in regards to the victims:‘To know the Lesslie household is to like them’
How has the household responded?
The household launched a press release by the sheriff’s workplace describing their grief and calling for prayers for all concerned, together with the suspect’s household.
“We’re really within the midst of the unimaginable,” the Lesslie household stated in assertion. “The losses we’re struggling can’t be uttered at the moment. Whereas we all know there aren’t any solutions that can fulfill the query ‘why,’ we’re positive of 1 factor: We don’t grieve as these with out hope. Our hope is discovered within the promise of Jesus Christ. To that finish, our hearts are bent towards forgiveness and peace.”
The household inspired folks desirous to do one thing for the household to inventory the free pantries and libraries in your group and to donate to Camp Pleasure North Carolina. Dr. Lesslie volunteered on the camp for greater than 20 years as camp doctor, in line with Brent Turner, govt director of the group that oversees the camp.
Robert Lesslie and Barbara Lesslie, who served as Bible instructor, labored on the camp in Flat Rock, nestled within the North Carolina mountains. They made the summer season visits a household affair, bringing youngsters and grandchildren as fellow volunteers.
What did the 911 calls inform us?
The 911 calls began round 4:45 p.m. Wednesday with a person figuring out himself as a supervisor for a restore firm, in line with name recordings offered by police. The person reported that one in all his staff referred to as him screaming that he had been shot whereas a second worker wasn’t shifting.
“He simply retains saying, ‘I have been shot, I have been shot. Name 911. Please name 911’” the person advised a 911 operator. “One is unresponsive, one other is speaking slurred, and he cannot discuss.”
An 80-year-old neighbor additionally referred to as 911 and advised the operator that they had been chopping the grass within the yard after they heard “about 20 photographs.” They reported seeing one particular person laying on the bottom.
How did police reply on the scene?
Police discovered Robert and Barbara Lesslie and their two grandchildren lifeless in a room behind the home, York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson stated Thursday at a information convention.
Tolson stated police discovered proof on the scene that tied Adams to the capturing however wouldn’t elaborate. When authorities contacted Adams’ household, they discovered he lived close by. Police evacuated some neighbors as they looked for the suspect with police canines.
Neighbor Ashley Jackson, 17, stated she got here dwelling Wednesday evening to search out legislation enforcement automobiles “swarming” exterior the Adams home. She heard officers calling out to Phillip Adams for him to “come exterior” and that they’d handle his mom.
Adams’ dad and mom had been evacuated from the house, and no photographs had been heard, Tolson stated, however police discovered Adams lifeless within a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Two weapons had been recovered: a 9mm handgun and a .45-caliber handgun.
Who’s the suspect, Phillip Adams? Why is he being examined for CTE?
Adams spent six seasons within the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders and New York Jets earlier than his profession resulted in 2015 with the Atlanta Falcons.
As a rookie in 2010, Adams suffered a extreme ankle damage that required surgical procedure, and in 2012, he had two concussions in a three-game interval.
Adams’s conduct shifted abruptly a pair years in the past, and he exhibited psychological well being points as “psychological well being degraded quick and terribly dangerous,” his sister, Lauren Adams, advised USA TODAY in an interview. She stated he was going by a incapacity declare with the NFL and was feeling pissed off. He had been seeing medical doctors and just lately moved in along with his dad and mom.
“I do know he had been making use of for incapacity and he stated they had been making it laborious for him. And towards the tip he felt like they had been making an attempt to mainly stiff him on cash,” Lauren Adams stated. “I feel he bought upset about that and that’s form of the place it began, with him form of feeling like the entire world was in opposition to him.”
Whether or not he suffered long-lasting concussion-related accidents wasn’t instantly clear. Adams wouldn’t have been eligible for testing as a part of a broad settlement between the NFL and its former gamers over such accidents, as a result of he hadn’t retired by 2014.
The check on his mind for power traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) just isn’t typical in autopsies. However the Medical College of South Carolina Charleston goes to conduct the post-mortem, and the York County Coroner’s Workplace will collaborate with Boston College on the CTE evaluation, the York County Coroner’s workplace stated in a press release.
The Boston College CTE Heart defines the situation as “a progressive degenerative illness of the mind present in folks with a historical past of repetitive mind trauma (typically athletes), together with symptomatic concussions in addition to asymptomatic subconcussive hits to the pinnacle that don’t trigger signs.”
The situation has been steadily linked to soccer gamers and boxers, although there’s at the moment no check that may diagnose CTE in residing folks.
What was the motive?
Police have but to find out a motive, Tolson stated Thursday.
Authorities wouldn’t have proof that Adams had been handled by Dr. Lesslie, he stated, nor did they’ve any details about any drugs utilized by the suspect or something about accidents he might have suffered whereas enjoying soccer.
Contributing: Nikie Mayo, The Greenville Information; Dustin Wyatt and Alex Hicks, Spartanburg Herald-Journal; Gavin Stewart and Michael Hensdill, The Gaston Gazette; Josh Peter, USA TODAY.
Daniel J. Gross reporting for the Greenville Information. Contributing: Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY