KENNESAW, Ga. — According to officials, a professional golfer, and two other men were slain in a shooting at an Atlanta-area country club, and the culprit remains at large.
Cobb County Police Officer Shenise Barner told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that officers discovered an unconscious male with an apparent gunshot wound to the head near the 10th hole of the golf course at Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw on Saturday afternoon. Eugene Siller, a country club employee, and golfer was recognized by the department on Sunday.
“The Georgia Section PGA has been struck by tragedy with the death of our member, Gene Siller. In a tweet, the Georgia branch of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America wrote, “Thoughts and prayers for his family and the Pinetree Country Club family.”
Two more deceased males were located in the bed of a white pickup vehicle that was parked on the green, according to authorities. Both seemed to have been shot. Barner said one of the men was recognized as Paul Pierson, the truck’s registered owner, while the other was not.
The assailant has yet to be apprehended by police.
John Lavender, a neighbor, told WAGA-TV that he heard “five, six booms go off” and couldn’t tell if they were gunshots or fireworks.
He explained, “You simply don’t believe it’s gunshots in this neighborhood.”
Kennesaw State University’s campus is close to the country club. After the incident, the school tweeted on Saturday that there were no credible threats to the campus, which is roughly 25 miles (40 kilometers) northwest of Atlanta.