A golf professional who was gunned down on Saturday at a suburban Atlanta nation membership by a man who had pushed a pickup truck onto the golf course was not the gunman’s goal however was killed as a result of he had “witnessed an active crime taking place,” the police mentioned on Tuesday.
The gunman, who the authorities mentioned had not been recognized, fled after the capturing on the Pinetree Country Club close to Kennesaw, Ga., abandoning a pickup truck that held in its mattress the our bodies of two different males who had been fatally shot. The gunman was nonetheless at giant on Tuesday night, three days after the capturing.
The Cobb County Police Department mentioned that investigators had been nonetheless making an attempt to find out a motive in what they had been treating as a triple murder however that there was no “active threat to the public at large and there was not a directed threat to residents of the neighborhood.”
The golf professional was recognized as Gene Siller, 46, a father of two younger sons who was the director of golf on the nation membership. A GoFundMe web page that was began on behalf of his household had raised greater than $500,000 by Tuesday night.
One of the boys discovered within the truck was recognized by the police as Paul Pierson, 76, who was the truck’s registered proprietor. The police mentioned the third sufferer had not but been recognized.
At about 2 p.m. on Saturday, the authorities mentioned, Mr. Siller was strolling towards the 10th gap at Pinetree when he noticed a white Ram 3500 pickup truck on the course. The gunman shot Mr. Siller within the head and fled, the authorities mentioned.
When investigators arrived, in addition they discovered Mr. Pierson and the third sufferer within the mattress of the truck, lifeless from gunshot wounds, the authorities mentioned. Both males discovered within the truck had “no relation to the location at all,” the police mentioned.
“We are aware that the public has many questions, the most pressing one being why this happened; however, it is too early in the investigation to speculate as to motive,” the Cobb County police mentioned in a assertion on Tuesday.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has not been requested to help, mentioned Nelly Miles, a spokeswoman for the G.B.I.
Derek Easterling, the mayor of Kennesaw, mentioned that whereas the capturing had taken place simply exterior his metropolis’s limits, the neighborhood was nonetheless “grieving for all of the victims.” Mr. Easterling described the neighborhood close to the nation membership as quiet. The golf course is surrounded by rambling suburban houses on wooded tons.
“It’s just tragic,” he mentioned.
Corey Evans, an teacher on the nation membership, instructed The Atlanta Journal Constitution that Mr. Siller had dropped by the membership on Saturday to remind his employees that the driving vary can be used to set off fireworks that weekend. Mr. Evans mentioned the membership had been thriving underneath Mr. Siller’s management.
Brian Katrek, a golf analyst for TV retailers and a member of the Pinetree Country Club, instructed CNN that Mr. Siller “would do anything he could do to make your day better.”
One donor on the GoFundMe web page wrote of Mr. Siller: “He always carried himself with class, and was a gem of a guy. It’s no surprise that he built a great career and family.”