Former NFL Player Named In SC Mass Shooting

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A mass shooting on Wednesday at a South Carolina doctor’s home claimed five lives. It didn’t get the headlines of a mass shooting because it was at the physician’s home, rather than office, but five people dead are still more than anyone should be comfortable with.

Earlier today, the shooter was identified by law enforcement.

The gunman who killed five people including a prominent doctor in South Carolina was former NFL player [Name redacted], who killed himself early Thursday, according to a source who was briefed on the investigation.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly, said [the killer’s] parents live near the doctor’s home in Rock Hill, and that he had been treated by the doctor. The source said Adams killed himself after midnight with a .45-caliber weapon.

The York County Sheriff’s Office said they had searched for hours before finding the suspect in a nearby home.

[The shooter], 33, played in 78 NFL games over five seasons for six teams. A safety and special teams player from South Carolina State, he joined the 49ers in 2010 as a seventh-round draft pick.

Rarely a starter, [he] also was with New England, Seattle, Atlanta, Oakland and the New York Jets, finishing his career with the Falcons in 2015.

Of course, as a long-time Falcon’s fan, I never heard of the guy. [It’s Bearing Arms policy not to name mass shooters so as to not encourage copycats.]

Here are some details on the crime:

Dr. Robert Lesslie, 70, and his wife, Barbara Lesslie, 69, were pronounced dead at the scene along with grandchildren Adah Lesslie, 9, and Noah Lesslie, 5, the York County coroner’s office said.

A man who had been working at the home, James Lewis, 38, from Gaston, was found shot to death outside, and a sixth person was hospitalized with “serious gunshot wounds,” York County Sheriff’s Office’s spokesperson Trent Faris said.

Dr. Robert Lesslie, 70, and his wife, Barbara Lesslie, 69, were pronounced dead at the scene along with grandchildren Adah Lesslie, 9, and Noah Lesslie, 5, the York County coroner’s office said.

A man who had been working at the home, James Lewis, 38, from Gaston, was found shot to death outside, and a sixth person was hospitalized with “serious gunshot wounds,” York County Sheriff’s Office’s spokesperson Trent Faris said.

People are already wondering just what happened. Because of the shooter’s time as a football player, some will wonder of concussions may have played a role. Honestly, there’s not likely any way to tell.

What we do know is that five people are dead, including two children, and that was before the killer turned his weapon on himself. Had he started there, it wouldn’t be nearly as sad a story.

The incident was referenced by President Joe Biden when he announced his gun control executive orders earlier today. Of course, none of those would have made a difference with this act so far as we can tell.

This is, by every estimation, a horrible tragedy. The fact that we don’t have any understanding of what drove the killer doesn’t make it any easier for anyone, either.

Then again, we may never get answers as to why. With the shooter dead, it doesn’t seem likely we’ll ever learn why.

Honestly, that might be the worst part of this kind of thing, the whole “not knowing” thing. Then again, if the killer could tell us why, would we ever really understand?

 

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