Update: Seems Antz and I must have posted at almost the same time, so this is a duplicate of the story posted a bit further down the page.
I didn’t think so. For some strange reason, this story about “gun violence” isn’t the top story of the day, with every news anchor talking about it. I only stumbled across a short blurb and had to search for more information.
Phillip Adams shot and killed Dr. Robert Lesslie, Barbara Lesslie, and the couple’s two young grandchildren Adah 9 and Noah 5. He also shot and killed James Lewis, a man working at the Lesslie home. A sixth unidentified man was also shot and is in critical condition. Phillip Adams was eventually found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
It seems odd that this shooting has not received mainstream media coverage. Did I mention Phillip Adams race or profession? Adams is black and is a former NFL cornerback who played for the San Francisco 49’ers and Atlanta Falcons. The race of the unidentified victim is unknown, but the other five are white.
Another item of interest – A man who identified himself as Adams’ father, Alonzo Adams, told NBC affiliate WCNC of Charlotte that his son killed himself after he shot six people, killing five and injuring one. “I think the football messed him up,” he told the station. Ya think?
Adams, 32, was found dead from a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound in a nearby home on the same street as the victims after a standoff with authorities in York County, officials said Thursday. He played as a defensive back for multiple NFL teams, including the San Francisco 49ers and the Atlanta Falcons.
York County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of gunfire about 4:45 p.m. Wednesday at a residence in the 4400 block of Marshall Road in Rock Hill, about 27 miles southwest of Charlotte, North Carolina, the sheriff’s office said. Inside the home, authorities found the bodies of Dr. Robert Lesslie, 70, Barbara Lesslie, 69, and their grandchildren.
The York County Coroner’s Office identified the grandchildren as Adah Lesslie, 9, and Noah Lesslie, 5.
All “died as a result of gunshot wounds,” the sheriff’s office said Thursday in a tweet.
The fifth victim, James Lewis, was working at the home, according to the sheriff’s office. The coroner’s office said Lewis, 38, was from Gastonia, North Carolina, west of Charlotte.
An unidentified sixth victim was being treated for serious injuries, said Trent Faris, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office.
Faris said that after an hourslong manhunt, officers found a suspect who “lives on the same road” as the victims and that a search warrant was served on the house.
Residents were urged to stay in their homes and lock their doors during the search. By Thursday morning, the York County Sheriff’s Office said, there was “no active threat to the community.”
“We have IDed the person we feel is responsible for the shooting on Marshall Rd,” the agency said in another tweet. “We found him in a nearby house.”
Investigators did not immediately determine a motive for the shooting.
A man who identified himself as Adams’ father, Alonzo Adams, told NBC affiliate WCNC of Charlotte that his son killed himself after he shot six people, killing five and injuring one.
“I think the football messed him up,” he told the station.
An NFL spokesperson, who would not confirm details about Adams’ death, expressed the league’s condolences.