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Pro golfer Gene Siller, two others shot dead at a Georgia country club


Thomas Hartwell

Marietta Daily Journal, Ga.

Cobb Police now say three people are dead in an investigation connected to the shooting of a golf pro at Pinetree Country Club on Saturday.

The two additional dead were found with gunshot wounds in the back of a pickup truck that drove onto the golf course on Saturday, according to new details.

Cobb Police Officer Shenise Barner said officers responded to the country club, at 3400 McCollum Parkway, near Kennesaw State University at around 2:20 p.m. Saturday to find Eugene Siller on the green of the 10th hole with a gunshot wound to the head.

Siller was an employee of the course, and while police did not initially identify him, the Georgia Section, PGA of America posted a brief status on its Facebook page mourning the loss of their golf pro.

“Tragedy has stricken the Georgia Section PGA in the loss of our Member, Gene Siller,” the post says. “Thoughts and prayers for his family and the Pinetree Country Club family.”

Siller, was pronounced dead at the scene, Barner said.

A white Dodge Ram 3500 pickup truck was also discovered at the 10th green, and when police checked the bed of the truck, they found two more bodies, police said.

“Both males suffered apparent gunshot wounds. One of the males was identified as Paul Pierson, the registered owner of the Ram 3500,” Barner said. “The other male has not yet been identified but is believed to be of a Hispanic race.”

The Cobb County Medical Examiner’s Office has taken control of the bodies of Siller, Pierson and the unidentified Hispanic male, according to authorities. The next of kin for both Siller and Pierson have been notified of their deaths.

John Lavender had just finished playing golf at the country club with his father when he heard someone had parked a truck on the green, at the 10th hole — “a very weird situation,” he said.

Lavender left the clubhouse to look at the truck.

“As I was walking back into the club, I heard, like, four to six pops,” he said. “Initially, I thought it was fireworks. Because, like I said, (it’s) Kennesaw. I’m not thinking about gunfire or anything like that. And then it was very shortly thereafter that members were like, ‘somebody’s down on the ground.'”

KSU issued an alert just before 3 p.m. Saturday saying the suspect was “armed and dangerous.” Around 4:30 p.m., the university in a tweet said a suspect was last seen on Club Drive headed toward Shiloh Road.

Described by the university’s emergency management department as a “hispanic male with a darker complexion” and long hair, the suspect is 6’1″ and 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, dark work pants “and possibly a hat.”

Just before 5 p.m. Saturday, Kennesaw students were told by the university’s emergency management department they could “resume normal activities,” as “no credible threat to campus is indicated at this time.”

The suspect has still not been found or identified, according to Barner.

The incident is under investigation, and anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at 770-499-4111 or email cobbpolicecrimetips@cobbcounty.org.


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