ROCK HILL, S.C. — Authorities on Friday are working to find out a potential motive after Wednesday’s taking pictures 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 residence was additionally discovered lifeless, and a sixth particular person was injured.
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 residence, down the road from the bloodbath in Rock Hill, the York County Sheriff’s Workplace stated. Post-mortem and toxicology studies 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, known as for assist
The lone survivor of the taking pictures 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 residence in York County, South Carolina, when a gunman shot him.
Shook continues to combat 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 keeping 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 known as 911. An 80-year-old man chopping grass close by additionally known as 911.
Medical doctors have instructed 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 essential accidents,” she stated. “We simply ask that you just proceed to hope for him and pray for this household please.”
Lesslie household: Who have been the victims?
The victims have been recognized as: Dr. Robert Lesslie, 70; Barbara Lesslie, 69; who have been married; and their grandchildren Adah Lesslie, 9, and Noah Lesslie, 5.
James Lewis, 38, was discovered lifeless exterior. Lewis was working on the residence 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 essential 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 way of the sheriff’s workplace describing their grief and calling for prayers for all concerned, together with the suspect’s household.
“We’re actually 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 may 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 eager to do one thing for the household to inventory the free pantries and libraries in your neighborhood and to donate to Camp Pleasure North Carolina. Dr. Lesslie volunteered on the camp for greater than 20 years as camp doctor, in keeping with Brent Turner, govt director of the group that oversees the camp.
Robert Lesslie and Barbara Lesslie, who served as Bible trainer, 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 keeping with name recordings supplied by police. The person reported that one in all his workers known 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 instructed a 911 operator. “One is unresponsive, one other is speaking slurred, and he cannot speak.”
An 80-year-old neighbor additionally known as 911 and instructed the operator that they have been chopping the grass within the yard once they heard “about 20 pictures.” 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 in the back of 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 taking pictures 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 residence Wednesday evening to seek out legislation enforcement autos “swarming” exterior the Adams home. She heard officers calling out to Phillip Adams for him to “come exterior” and that they might maintain his mom.
Adams’ dad and mom have been evacuated from the house, and no pictures have been heard, Tolson stated, however police discovered Adams lifeless inside a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Two weapons have been recovered: a 9mm handgun and a .45-caliber handgun.
Who’s the suspect, Phillip Adams?
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, instructed USA TODAY in an interview. She stated he was going by way of a incapacity declare with the NFL and was feeling annoyed. He had been seeing medical doctors and just lately moved in together with his dad and mom.
“I do know he had been making use of for incapacity and he stated they have been making it arduous for him. And towards the top he felt like they have been making an attempt to mainly stiff him on cash,” Lauren Adams stated. “I feel he obtained upset about that and that’s form of the place it began, with him form of feeling like the entire world was towards 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.
What was the motive?
Police have but to find out a motive, Tolson stated Thursday.
Authorities shouldn’t have proof that Adams had been handled by Dr. Lesslie, he stated, nor did they’ve any details about any medicines utilized by the suspect or something about accidents he might have suffered whereas taking part in soccer.
Post-mortem studies are pending. When requested whether or not Adams’ post-mortem would come with an examination of his mind or whether or not he suffered from Power Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), Wendy Bailey, a case supervisor and proof technician for the York County coroner’s workplace, instructed USA TODAY that “Regular forensic autopsies don’t establish CTE accidents, nevertheless we’re researching choices to incorporate this research.”
Contributing: Nikie Mayo, The Greenville Information; Dustin Wyatt and Alex Hicks, Spartanburg Herald-Journal; Gavin Stewart and Michael Hensdill, The Gaston Gazette; Christal Hayes, and Josh Peter, USA TODAY.