ROCK HILL, S.C. — Authorities on Friday are working to find out a attainable motive after Wednesday’s capturing spree when police say former NFL player Phillip Adams gunned down 5 folks, together with a beloved physician, his spouse and their two younger grandchildren.
A fifth particular person working on the household’s dwelling was additionally discovered useless, and a sixth particular person was injured.
Officials are hoping some solutions could be present in Adams’ post-mortem. The York County Coroner’s Office on Friday introduced his brain would be tested for signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) — a degenerative illness impacting the mind that is linked to athletes who are suffering a number of concussions.
Adams, 32, performed cornerback for groups together with the San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots. He was later discovered useless of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his household’s dwelling, down the road from the bloodbath in Rock Hill, the York County Sheriff’s Office stated. Autopsy and toxicology reviews are pending.
Rock Hill is a metropolis of about 75,000 in northern South Carolina.
Here’s what we all know Friday:
Lone survivor was shot 6 instances, known as for assist
The lone survivor of the capturing has proven promising indicators of enchancment since being shot Wednesday, however a long road to recovery lies ahead.
Robert Shook of Cherryville was working at a rural dwelling in York County, South Carolina, when a gunman shot him.
Shook continues to struggle for his life following a number of surgical procedures at Atrium Health’s Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Shook was shot six instances, based on his cousin, Heather Thompson, who spoke Friday on behalf of Shook’s household.
Shook managed to name his supervisor at GSM Services for assist Wednesday and his supervisor known as 911. An 80-year-old man chopping grass close by additionally known as 911.
Doctors have informed the Shook household that he has extra hope for restoration than initially thought. While Shook has proven favorable indicators, he isn’t fairly out of the woods but, Thompson stated.
“He still has some critical injuries,” she stated. “We just ask that you continue to pray for him and pray for this family please.”
Lesslie household: Who had been the victims?
The victims had been recognized as: Dr. Robert Lesslie, 70; Barbara Lesslie, 69; who had been married; and their grandchildren Adah Lesslie, 9, and Noah Lesslie, 5.
James Lewis, 38, was discovered useless exterior. Lewis was working on the dwelling for a firm that makes a speciality of air-con, roof and heating restore, police stated.
Another worker was discovered injured and brought to a hospital the place he’s in crucial situation.
More in regards to the victims:‘To know the Lesslie family is to love them’
How has the household responded?
The household launched an announcement via the sheriff’s workplace describing their grief and calling for prayers for all concerned, together with the suspect’s household.
“We are truly in the midst of the unimaginable,” the Lesslie family said in statement. “The losses we are suffering cannot be uttered at this time. While we know there are no answers that will satisfy the question ‘why,’ we are sure of one thing: We do not grieve as those without hope. Our hope is found in the promise of Jesus Christ. To that end, our hearts are bent toward forgiveness and peace.”
The household inspired folks eager to do one thing for the household to inventory the free pantries and libraries in your group and to donate to Camp Joy North Carolina. Dr. Lesslie volunteered on the camp for greater than 20 years as camp doctor, based on Brent Turner, government director of the group that oversees the camp.
Robert Lesslie and Barbara Lesslie, who served as Bible instructor, labored on the camp in Flat Rock, nestled within the North Carolina mountains. They made the summer season visits a household affair, bringing kids and grandchildren as fellow volunteers.
What did the 911 calls inform us?
The 911 calls began round 4:45 p.m. Wednesday with a person figuring out himself as a supervisor for a restore firm, based on name recordings supplied by police. The man reported that one in every of his staff known as him screaming that he had been shot whereas a second worker wasn’t transferring.
“He just keeps saying, ‘I’ve been shot, I’ve been shot. Call 911. Please call 911’” the person informed a 911 operator. “One is unresponsive, another is talking slurred, and he can’t talk.”
An 80-year-old neighbor additionally known as 911 and informed the operator that they had been chopping the grass within the yard once they heard “about 20 shots.” They reported seeing one particular person laying on the bottom.
How did police reply on the scene?
Police discovered Robert and Barbara Lesslie and their two grandchildren useless in a room in the back of the home, York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson stated Thursday at a information convention.
Tolson stated police discovered proof on the scene that tied Adams to the capturing however wouldn’t elaborate. When authorities contacted Adams’ household, they discovered he lived close by. Police evacuated some neighbors as they searched for the suspect with police canine.
Neighbor Ashley Jackson, 17, stated she got here dwelling Wednesday evening to search out regulation enforcement automobiles “swarming” exterior the Adams home. She heard officers calling out to Phillip Adams for him to “come outside” and that they might deal with his mom.
Adams’ mother and father had been evacuated from the house, and no photographs had been heard, Tolson stated, however police discovered Adams useless inside a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Two weapons had been recovered: a 9mm handgun and a .45-caliber handgun.
Who is the suspect, Phillip Adams? Why is he being examined for CTE?
Adams spent six seasons within the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders and New York Jets earlier than his profession led to 2015 with the Atlanta Falcons.
As a rookie in 2010, Adams suffered a extreme ankle damage that required surgical procedure, and in 2012, he had two concussions in a three-game interval.
Adams’s conduct shifted abruptly a pair years in the past, and he exhibited psychological well being points as “mental health degraded fast and terribly bad,” his sister, Lauren Adams, informed USA TODAY in an interview. She stated he was going via a incapacity declare with the NFL and was feeling pissed off. He had been seeing medical doctors and just lately moved in together with his mother and father.
“I know he had been applying for disability and he said they were making it hard for him. And toward the end he felt like they were trying to basically stiff him on money,” Lauren Adams stated. “I think he got upset about that and that’s kind of where it started, with him kind of feeling like the whole world was against him.”
Whether he suffered long-lasting concussion-related accidents wasn’t instantly clear. Adams wouldn’t have been eligible for testing as a part of a broad settlement between the NFL and its former gamers over such accidents, as a result of he hadn’t retired by 2014.
The check on his mind for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) just isn’t typical in autopsies. But the Medical University of South Carolina Charleston goes to conduct the post-mortem, and the York County Coroner’s Office will collaborate with Boston University on the CTE evaluation, the York County Coroner’s workplace stated in an announcement.
The Boston University CTE Center defines the situation as “a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in people with a history of repetitive brain trauma (often athletes), including symptomatic concussions as well as asymptomatic subconcussive hits to the head that do not cause symptoms.”
The situation has been continuously linked to soccer gamers and boxers, although there may be at present no check that may diagnose CTE in dwelling folks.
What was the motive?
Police have but to find out a motive, Tolson stated Thursday.
Authorities shouldn’t have proof that Adams had been handled by Dr. Lesslie, he stated, nor did they’ve any information about any medicines utilized by the suspect or something about accidents he might have suffered whereas taking part in soccer.
Contributing: Nikie Mayo, The Greenville News; Dustin Wyatt and Alex Hicks, Spartanburg Herald-Journal; Gavin Stewart and Michael Hensdill, The Gaston Gazette; Josh Peter, USA TODAY.
Daniel J. Gross reporting for the Greenville News. Contributing: Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY