5 People Killed in South Carolina Shooting, Suspected Perpetrator Former NFL Player Phillip Adams Kills Himself

The York County sheriff’s office identified four of the people killed as Dr. Robert Lesslie, his wife, Barbara, and two of their grandchildren.Credit...Nell Redmond/Associated Press
The York County sheriff’s office identified four of the people killed as Dr. Robert Lesslie, his wife, Barbara, and two of their grandchildren.Credit…Nell Redmond/Associated Press

A doctor, his wife and two of their grandchildren were fatally shot in their house in Rock Hill, S.C., late Wednesday, and a fifth person was found dead outside, the police said

A neighbor of the family was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot at a second home nearby, after a standoff with the police, who had been serving a search warrant, the authorities said.

The York County Coroner’s office on Thursday identified him as Phillip Adams, 32. Mr. Adams was a former professional football cornerback who was on the rosters of six teams over six seasons in the N.F.L.

The York County sheriff’s office, in a post on Twitter, identified four of the people killed as Dr. Robert Lesslie, his wife, Barbara, and two of their grandchildren. The coroner identified the children as Adah Lesslie, 9, and Noah Lesslie, 5. The website of a medical office where Dr. Lesslie, 70, worked said that he and his wife, 69, had eight grandchildren.

The fifth person who was fatally shot, James Lewis, 38, had been working at the home. He was found outside the home, the coroner said. A sixth victim was taken to a hospital with serious gunshot wounds, according to Trent Faris, a spokesman for the county sheriff.

Officer Faris told reporters on Thursday that the police had been serving a search warrant at the home, but his office declined to provide other details or confirm the suspect’s identity. “There is no active threat to the community,” county officials said in a statement on Facebook.

A man who identified himself as Mr. Adams’s father told a television station in Atlanta that his son had committed the killings, then had taken his own life.

“I can say he’s a good kid. He was a good kid,” the man, Alonzo Adams, said. “I think the football messed him up. I don’t think he ever did anybody any harm.”