2 other victims found dead in country club shooting
Police say two other bodies were found in the back of a pickup truck in the fatal shootings at Pinetree Country Club while the suspect remains at large.
COBB COUNTY, Georgia. – Police said three men were found dead on the tenth hole of the Pinetree Country Club golf course.
The suspect, who is still at large, drove a white pickup onto the green, witnesses said. When the golf director of the course, Gene Siller, confronted the man, he shot him in the head.
On Sunday evening, police announced that two more bodies were found in the back of this pickup truck, including Paul Pierson, the truck’s owner. Cobb County Police couldn’t identify the other man.
The suspect is still on the run and is considered armed and dangerous, the police said. “I went to the driving range and heard the truck was on the track, so I went to see what was going on,” said John Lavender, whose family is part of the club. “Suddenly you hear five or six bangs.
Parishioners laid flowers at the tenth hole in honor of the victims on Sunday evening.
As soon as Siller’s death became known, tributes poured in from all over the golfing world.
“Everyone got along with him, he was very popular,” said Erin Coke. “It’s a tragic loss not only for his family, but also for the club itself because he was a main character there. People could go to him.”
A GoFundMe was set up to help Siller’s wife and two young children. The Professional Golf Association tweeted their condolences on Sunday.
Neighbors said Siller had confronted a man in the past few days who was fishing in the club’s grounds and the man had become hostile, so he called the police.
Although it is not clear whether there is a connection to the shootings, the club’s community is in a state of grief.
“There’s no reason for it,” said Lavender. “The guy had a wife and kids and was a great person.”
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