The gunman who shot and killed a pro golfer at a Georgia country club on Saturday reportedly had two other bodies stashed in the back of his pickup truck, and remains on the loose.
Authorities said they found the additional bodies shortly after arriving on the scene of the deadly shooting of golfer Eugene Siller, 41, at the Pinetree Country Club, where he reportedly tried to stop the pickup truck from driving onto the green, and the driver shot him in the head.
The shooter fled the scene, but police said they found two men dead from gunshot wounds in the back of the truck. One of the bodies was identified as Paul Pierson, the registered owner of the truck, Cobb County police spokeswoman Shenise Barner told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, while the other remained unidentified.
The Georgia State Golf Association initially identified Siller, a pro golfer, golfing instructor and Director of Pinetree, as one of the victims on Saturday evening. “All of us at the GSGA are deeply saddened by the tragic events that occurred earlier today at Pinetree country club. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gene Siller’s family and friends,” the Georgia State Golf Association tweeted.
The Georgia PGA also issued a statement offering its condolences on Twitter: “Tragedy has stricken the Georgia Section PGA in the loss of our Member, Gene Siller. Thoughts and prayers for his family and the Pinetree Country Club family.” Details surrounding the shooting remain scant, other than it happened around 2.30pm Saturday at Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw, about 27 miles outside Atlanta.
Footage from WAGA-TV showed a white pickup truck stuck on a hill in the middle of the club’s golf course. A witness told Fox 5 Atlanta that someone, later identified by the golf organizations as Siller, tried to stop the pickup truck from going on to the golf course when he was shot. Neighbor John Lavender told WAGA-TV that he heard ‘five, six booms go off’ and wasn’t sure whether it was gunshots or fireworks.
“You just don’t think it’s gunshots in this area,” he said. Officials described the suspect as a 6-foot-1-inch Hispanic male with long hair, dark-colored work pants and a white or tan shirt. The suspect was last seen in the area of Pinetree Country Club and was headed toward Frey Lake Road.