Ex-NFL player Phillip Adams broke into SC home, killed doctor and family: cops

Ex-NFL player Phillip Adams broke into SC home, killed doctor and family: cops


A former NFL defensive back forced his way into the South Carolina home of a prominent doctor and gunned down his family — including his two young grandchildren — before shooting himself inside his parents’ home nearby, authorities said.

Phillip Adams, 32, shot two air-conditioning contractors outside the home of Dr. Robert Lesslie — killing one — before breaking in and shooting the physician and his family in a back room, York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson said.

Adams had two handguns, a .45-caliber and a 9 mm, when deputies later found him dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at his family’s home down the road.

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Tolson said investigators quickly found evidence “that linked” Adams to Lesslie, but said a motive for the horrific shootings remains unknown.

“We have probably more questions than what you do about this case right now,” he said during a press briefing Thursday. “We are working hard to provide some answers. Obviously, one

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