The United States is shaken by the tragedy in South Carolina. Former professional American football player Philip Adams shot five people, then committed suicide.
The former full-back, who played 78 games in six seasons in the most popular outdoor competition in the NFL, shot respected physician Robert Leslie, his wife, two grandsons aged 9 to 5, and a staff member, according to the sheriff’s office. Then he pointed his weapon at himself.
The tragedy occurred in Rock Hill, the fifth largest city in South Carolina. Dr. Leslie’s family lived near where Adams’s parents lived, and the soccer player was the patient.
Sheriff Kevin Tolson said, “It makes no sense to either of us now.” He said evidence found at the shooting site led to the fact that 32-year-old Adams was identified as a suspect.
Toulson said the lawmen then went to Adams ‘parents’ home, cleared them and tried to get the perpetrator out of the house. He was found later in the bedroom with a gunshot wound to the head.
Adams passed the NFL draft in 2010, when he made his debut in the San Francisco 49ers jersey. He has also served in the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Riders, Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons, in which he played his last league match in 2015.
Adams’ father told USA Today, “He was a good boy. I think he was spoiled by football.” The reporter managed to speak with him after the tragedy.
“Social media maven. Award-winning coffee geek. General explorer. Problem solver.”