The man who slaughtered 5 people Wednesday — including 2 children — at a home in South Carolina has been identified as former NFL player Phillip Adams, according to reports.
Officials believe 32-year-old Adams — a 7th-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft — stormed a home in Rock Hill, SC on Wednesday afternoon and shot 5 people to death.
The victims have been identified as 70-year-old Dr. Robert Lesslie, his 69-year-old wife, Barbara Lesslie — and their grandchildren, 9-year-old Adah Lesslie and 5-year-old Noah Lesslie.
A 5th victim, 38-year-old James Lewis, was working at the home when the gunman opened fire, killing him.
A 6th person was shot — but that person survived and is being treated at a nearby hospital.
A furious manhunt was underway for the gunman.
But the case took another dark twist on Thursday morning … when officials found the body of Phillip Adams, who appeared to have taken his own life around midnight Thursday morning, by way of gunshot.
According to the AP, there was a prior connection between Adams and the victims — the football player’s parents live in the area and Phillip had reportedly been previously treated by Dr. Robert Lesslie.
Adams was a star defensive back at South Carolina State in the late 2000s before being drafted by the 49ers in 2010.
He bounced around to the New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders — playing in 52 NFL games before his NFL career ended following the 2013 season.