Who was ex-49er, Raider Phillip Adams, who shot and killed 5, then himself?

49ers Phillip Adams runs for a touchdown in the second quarter at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. on Saturday, August 28, 2010. The San Francisco 49ers played the Oakland Raiders in preseason play. (Jim Gensheimer/Mercury News) 

Phillip Adams, a Rock Hill native, had holed himself up in his mother’s nearby home for hours after the shootings, before finally turning his .45-caliber weapon on himself early Thursday.

No immediate motive was revealed but Adams’ father blamed his son’s rampage on the effects of the 32-year-old’s football career that included multiple concussions. As a member of the Raiders in 2012, Adams suffered two concussions over a three-game span, then incurred a season-ending groin injury the following week.

Scott Casterline, a longtime NFL agent who represented Adams, told the Associated Press his client often isolated himself during his playing career. But he was stunned when he received a voicemail from Adams’ father about the deadly incident.

“He was part of my family. I loved him. He’s a great kid, a great guy. This is so unlike him. He had to not be in his right mind, obviously,” Casterline said. “All of us who knew Phillip are shaking our heads. He struggled away from the game. I tried to get him to come to Texas. I was going to find him a job, but he wouldn’t leave South Carolina because he had a son. He was a good father.

“Seeing Phillip shoot two kids, it’s not him. I can’t fathom it. It’s devastating for the victims and the families,” Casterline said.

Adams, though, had prior troubles with authorities. The most serious came in 2009, when he was charged with simple assault and battery. He was acquitted of the charge in a bench trial, according to South Carolina court records. Records also show Adams was convicted of several York County (S.C.) traffic charges, including driving under suspension and failure to maintain proof of insurance.

There was plenty of hope for Adams when he began his career, despite not being selected until the seventh round. He couldn’t have been happier to be playing for then-49ers coach Mike Singletary.

While a 49ers rookie,

Phillip Adams, the gunman who killed five people before killing himself Thursday in South Carolina, was remembered as somewhat of a loner while with the 49ers and Raiders during his nomadic NFL career.

Not much was known about Adams during the six years he spent in the NFL with six different teams, which began in 2010 when the 49ers picked the former South Carolina State defensive back in the seventh and final round of the NFL Draft.

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And even less was revealed about him in his post-NFL career — until news of the mass shooting he perpetrated in his hometown of Rock Hill, S.C. surfaced Wednesday.

“I can say he’s a good kid — he was a good kid, and I think the football messed him up,” Adams’ father, Alonzo Adams, told WCNC-TV in Charlotte, N.C. “He didn’t talk much and he didn’t bother nobody.”

Alonzo Adams confirmed to WCNC-TV that his son took his own life after shooting six people, killing five. One person was reported in serious condition from wounds suffered Wednesday.

Robert Lesslie, 70, a prominent doctor who had treated Adams was among the victims of the mass shooting in Rock Hill, S.C. The doctor’s wife and grandchildren were also reportedly shot and killed.

“All I can say is we pray for the family,” Alonzo Adams said. “He 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.”

49ers Phillip Adams runs for a touchdown in the second quarter at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. on Saturday, August 28, 2010. The San Francisco 49ers played the Oakland Raiders in preseason play. (Jim Gensheimer/Mercury News) 

Phillip Adams, a Rock Hill native, had holed himself up in his mother’s nearby home for hours after the shootings, before finally turning his .45-caliber weapon on himself early Thursday.

No immediate motive was revealed but Adams’ father blamed his son’s rampage on the effects of the 32-year-old’s football career that included multiple concussions. As a member of the Raiders in 2012, Adams suffered two concussions over a three-game span, then incurred a season-ending groin injury the following week.

Scott Casterline, a longtime NFL agent who represented Adams, told the Associated Press his client often isolated himself during his playing career. But he was stunned when he received a voicemail from Adams’ father about the deadly incident.

“He was part of my family. I loved him. He’s a great kid, a great guy. This is so unlike him. He had to not be in his right mind, obviously,” Casterline said. “All of us who knew Phillip are shaking our heads. He struggled away from the game. I tried to get him to come to Texas. I was going to find him a job, but he wouldn’t leave South Carolina because he had a son. He was a good father.

“Seeing Phillip shoot two kids, it’s not him. I can’t fathom it. It’s devastating for the victims and the families,” Casterline said.

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