Club members in ‘deep shock’ as hunt continues for who killed Golf Pro, 2 others
By Jason Hanna, CNN
(CNN) – Three days after a golf professional was shot dead at an Atlanta-area course and two others were found dead in a van there, police are still looking for clues as to who they are. killed.
And members of the country club where Gene Siller was shot don’t know why the murders took place, a friend of Siller’s said on Tuesday.
“It just doesn’t make sense,” Brian Katrek, member of the Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw and host of SiriusXM PGA Tour radio, told CNN’s “New Day.”
“I think the reaction from the members right now is still a pretty deep shock.”
Cobb County Police said they were called with a report of a person shot at around 2:20 p.m. Saturday and found Siller – the club’s golf director – shot in the head near the green at the course’s 10th hole.
A truck was on the green and police found the bodies of two other men in the bed of the truck – both of whom had also been shot, police said.
Someone had gone green in the truck – a white Ram 3500 pickup truck – and shot Siller when Siller arrived to see what was going on, a club member told CNN affiliate WXIA. The gunman then fled, WXIA reported.
One of the men killed was Paul Pierson, the registered owner of the Ram 3500, police said. The name of the other man killed has not been released.
Police said they were trying to determine what had happened and had not released the name of a suspect.
Investigators told CNN they were asking residents to check their doorbell video for any clues.
The three people killed were among at least 150 people killed by guns in more than 400 shootings across the United States over the weekend of July 4.
Siller leaves behind a wife and two children
The Georgia State Golf Association has expressed condolences on Siller’s death. âAll 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 the family and friends of Gene Siller, âthe association tweeted.
Siller, 41, leaves behind a wife and two children, aged 6 and 7, according to the Pinetree Country Club.
âTragedy has struck the Georgia PGA Chapter in the loss of our member, Gene Siller. Thoughts and prayers for his family and the family of the Pinetree Country Club, âthe Georgia Professional Golf Association tweeted.
PGA of America President Jim Richerson also released a statement: “We are truly heartbroken to hear about the senseless murder that took place yesterday at the Pine Tree Country Club in Georgia which claimed the life of the member of PGA Gene Siller, “the statement read. âThe PGA of America sends our thoughts, prayers and our deepest condolences to its family, club and the Georgia PGA community. “
Sebastian Schutte, a friend of Siller, said the community was in shock.
“It didn’t hit me until later that it happened at our country club,” he told CNN on Monday. “I still can’t believe it.”
He said Siller was highly regarded and “treated everyone with respect”.
Siller’s family set up a GoFundMe page to help with finances.
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