A tragic scene unfolded this weekend at the Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw, Georgia. Cobb County officials responded to reports of a shooting at the Atlanta area course just after 2 p.m. on Saturday.
When they arrived, they found the Director of Golf, Gene Siller, with a fatal gunshot wound on the 10th hole. According to witnesses, Siller was shot in the head as he responded to a white Dodge Ram 3500 driving near the 10th green. The shooter fled the scene immediately after the shooting.
During the investigation, police came across 2 more deceased men who were found in the bed of the suspect’s truck. While one of the men was identified as the owner of the abandoned truck, Paul Pierson, the other victim’s identity has not yet been released.
The suspect has also not been identified and remains at large.
KSU Office of Emergency Management announced that they are looking for a suspect, “is a Hispanic Male considered armed and dangerous. Suspect is 6’1″ and 170 lbs and was last seen wearing a white T-shirt.”
Authorities are asking residents who live next to the course to provide any available video footage as they look for leads. They also said they do not believe that Mr. Siller was targeted by the suspects, but rather was killed while trying to stop a crime in progress.
Nearby Kennesaw State University was placed under a brief lockdown as police search for the suspect and was reopened as soon as the area was cleared.
Staff and patrons at the Pinetree Golf Club were shocked by the news and one man was at the course with his father when they heard gunshots ring out.
“It’s mind-blowing,” Lavender said when speaking with local news station, WSB-TV. “Growing up here, it’s nothing I would have imagined here happening in this city. I can’t understand how and why this actually happened.”
All of us at the GSGA are deeply saddened by the tragic events that occurred earlier today at Pinetree CC. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gene Siller’s family and friends. ????
— Georgia State Golf Association (@GSGA) July 4, 2021
“All of us at the GSGA are deeply saddened by the tragic events that occurred earlier today at Pinetree CC. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gene Siller’s family and friends,” tweeted the Georgia State Golfing Association.
PGA of America addressed the incident through Twitter on Saturday. PGA President, Jim Richerson, also expressed his condolences on Facebook.
Siller was well known in the community, and he leaves behind a wife and two young children. The family has created a GoFundMe page to assist with funeral services.