Phillip Adams news – live: Police confirm NFL player’s identity as Rock Hill gunman and reveal 911 callsavril 8, 2021
“Once the investigation began, we were able to develop Phillip Adams as a suspect in this incident,” said Kevin Tolson, the York County sheriff.
The investigation was still ongoing about the motive behind the shooting on Wednesday, but Mr Tolson was able to reveal two 911 calls from the incident and further detail the standoff between police and Mr Adams after the shooting. Mr Tolson said that the former NFL player was found dead in his parents’ home with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Among the five people killed in the shooting were two children, and prominent local doctor Dr Robert Lesslie.
The other victims of the shooting have been named as Dr Lesslie’s wife Barbara Lesslie, 69, and the couple’s grandchildren, nine-year-old Adah Lesslie, and five-year-old Noah Lesslie. The fifth victim was named as James Lewis, 38, while a sixth person was shot and has been hospitalised, AP reported.
Alonzo Adams, the former NFL player’s father, confirmed to a local publication on Thursday that his son shot dead five people before taking his own life. “I think the football messed him up,” he said.
Deputies share 911 calls neighbors made during Rock Hill shooting
A pair of 911 calls that were made during the Rock Hill, South Carolina mass shooting were shared by law enforcement officers during a press briefing on the tragic attack that left five dead and one injured, writes Graig Graziosi.
The York County Sheriff’s Department began a Thursday press conference with the calls, which were made around 4:44pm local time as gunman Philip Adams reportedly attacked Dr Robert Lesslie and his wife Barbara, as well as their two young grandchildren and a pair of maintenance workers at their home.
One of those workers, James Lewis, was killed.
Danielle Zoellner8 April 2021 19:49
Phillip Adams ‘lived close’ to victims, police say
“We learned that Phillip Adams lived close” to the victims, York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson said during a press conference on Thursday.
Mr Adams reportedly grew up in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
He was found in his parents home early Thursday morning following a shooting at a renowned doctor’s residence on Wednesday afternoon.
Police found Mr Adams dead in the home from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Alonzo Adams, the former NFL player’s father, told a local publication on Thursday that he knew Dr Robert Lesslie, who was one of the victims in the shooting, and was previously a patient of the doctor.
Danielle Zoellner8 April 2021 19:38
Police confirm suspected gunman as Phillip Adams
York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson confirmed the identity of the suspected gunman as former NFL player Phillip Adams on Thursday during a press conference.
“Once the investigation began we were able to develop Phillip Adams as a suspect in this incident,” Mr Tolson said.
There was a standoff between deputies and Mr Adams’ parents home in Rock Hill, South Carolina, once it was determined that he was the suspected gunman. Deputies were able to safely remove Mr Adams’ father and mother from the house, Mr Tolson said.
Then at about 2am local time on Thursday morning, Mr Tolson said that the former NFL player was killed with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
“We did not hear any gunshots once we arrived,” Mr Tolson said when asked about when Mr Adams likely shot himself.
Reports have indicated that Mr Adams was potentially a patient of Dr Robert Lesslie, who was one of the five victims in the mass shooting. But Mr Tolson said investigators had no indication yet that Mr Adams was previously a patient to Dr Lesslie.
Danielle Zoellner8 April 2021 19:29
Investigators share two 911 calls from mass shooting
The York County Sheriff’s Department started its press conference on Thursday with two 911 calls that happened around 4:44pm local time on Wednesday during the mass shooting in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
The second phone call came from a nearby neighbor who was cutting his grass at the time of the shooting.
“I think maybe four people .. I was cutting grass out in the yard and I heard shots … about 20 … it was automatic,” the anonymous caller told the 911 operator.
This caller then identified a “black guy in black clothes” who “walked away from the house” after the shooting.
York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson said that deputies arrived at the house about eight minutes following the two 911 calls.
Danielle Zoellner8 April 2021 19:22
Press conference to start soon with police
Investigators with the York County Sheriff’s Department will soon hold a press conference to update the public about the mass shooting that took place in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
The identity of the suspected gunman has yet to be revealed by investigators, but it was expected they might name the suspect during the press conference. Former NFL player Phillip Adams was identified by the Associated Press as the suspected gunman.
Investigators have yet to reveal motive as well.
The investigation is currently ongoing into the shooting that occurred overnight on Wednesday.
Danielle Zoellner8 April 2021 18:50
Suspected gunman’s father calls him a ‘good kid’ following shooting
Alonzo Adams, the father of Phillip Adams, has spoken out following the mass shooting that took place in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
He described his son as a “good kid” while saying that the former NFL player was responsible for shooting dead five people before shooting himself.
Danielle Zoellner8 April 2021 18:24
Father of suspected gunman speaks out following mass shooting: ‘Football messed him up’
The father of a former NFL player who was suspected of shooting dead five people in South Carolina has spoken out.
Alonzo Adams, the father of Phillip Adams, said that his son shot dead five people before taking his own life on Wednesday, WCNC reports.
“I can say he’s a good kid,” Mr Adams said about his son. “I think the football messed him up.”
The York County Sheriff’s Office has yet to confirm the identity of the suspected gunman, who was revealed as Phillip Adams by the Associated Press. But the local coroner’s office said that the former football player was found dead in his father’s home from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The suspected gunman was accused of killing Dr Robert Lesslie, Dr Lesslie’s wife Barbara Lesslie, 69, and the couple’s grandchildren, nine-year-old Adah Lesslie, and five-year-old Noah Lesslie. The fifth victim was named as James Lewis, 38.
“I don’t think he ever did anybody any harm,” Mr Adams said about his son, adding that he knew some of the victims. “All I can say is we pray for the family. [Dr Lesslie] used to be my doctor a long time ago. I know they were good folks down there. We’re gonna keep them in our prayers.”
Danielle Zoellner8 April 2021 18:03
Senator Tim Scott offers his condolences to the victims from Rock Hill shooting
Republican Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina has offered his condolences to the five victims who were shot in the Rock Hill shooting that happened overnight on Wednesday.
“Very sad news coming from York County overnight. My deepest sympathies and prayers are with Dr. Lesslie’s family and the Rock Hill community,” Mr Scott said.
South Carolina’s other US Senator, Lindsey Graham, has yet to publicly comment on the mass shooting.
Danielle Zoellner8 April 2021 17:41
Joe Biden calls gun violence an ‘epidemic’ in speech
President Joe Biden gave a speech in the Rose Garden of the White House on Thursday about gun violence, hours after the deadly shooting in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
“Gun violence in this country is an epidemic, and it’s an international embarrassment,” he said.
Mr Biden also briefly mentioned the shooting that just took place in South Carolina, as well as the ones in Boulder, Colorado, and Atlanta, Georgia, in March.
“The idea is just bizarre to suggest the things we’re recommending are against the Constitution,” Mr Biden said, while pushing for gun reform.
He was expected to sign several executive orders on Thursday to address gun violence in the United States.
Danielle Zoellner8 April 2021 17:23
Watch live as Joe Biden delivers remarks on gun violence
Watch live as Joe Biden delivers remarks on gun violence
Danielle Zoellner8 April 2021 16:52