Jul. 5—Cobb police were still searching Monday afternoon for their suspect in a weekend triple-homicide, a search that began Saturday with a shooting at Kennesaw's Pinetree Country Club.
At about 2:21 p.m. Saturday, Cobb police were dispatched to the country club after receiving a report that someone had been shot. There, they found a white Ram 3500 pickup truck on the green of the 10th hole and, nearby, the body of Eugene Siller, the club's head of golf, who had been shot in the head.
In the bed of the truck, police found another two bodies, one of them belonging to the truck's owner, Paul Pierson. The third man had not been identified as of Monday afternoon. All three bodies have been taken to the Cobb County Medical Examiner's Office.
Just before 3 p.m. Saturday, Kennesaw State University issued an alert warning students and staff of the shooting, saying the suspect was still at-large and considered "armed and dangerous."
On social media, the university described the suspect as a long-haired hispanic man "With a darker complexion," about 6'1" and 170 pounds. He was last seen Saturday afternoon on Club Drive headed toward Shiloh Road wearing a white t-shirt, dark work pants "and possibly a hat."
Around 5 p.m. Saturday, the university told students there was no longer a "credible threat to campus." But a Sunday news release from the police department stated the suspect had not been caught nor identified, and department spokesperson Shenise Barner said Monday afternoon the department had no new information to share.
Lou Bottino, the president of Pinetree Country Club, said Siller had worked at Pinetree since 2019. He declined to answer further questions about Siller, citing his family's request for privacy. Siller leaves behind a wife and two children.
John Lavender had just finished playing golf at the country club with his father when he heard someone had parked a truck on the green, at the 10th hole — "a very weird situation," he said.
Lavender left the clubhouse to look at the truck.
"As I was walking back into the club, I heard, like, four to six pops," he said. "Initially, I thought it was fireworks. Because, like I said, (it's) Kennesaw. I'm not thinking about gunfire or anything like that. And then it was very shortly thereafter that members were like, 'somebody's down on the ground.'
"It's all really unfortunate and sad, because I know Gene had a family. Married, two young kids."
The golf community mourned Siller's death on social media.
The Georgia Section of the Professional Golfers' Association of America posted a brief status on its Facebook page mourning the loss of their golf pro.
"Tragedy has stricken the Georgia Section PGA in the loss of our Member, Gene Siller," the post says. "Thoughts and prayers for his family and the Pinetree Country Club family."
Four golf organizations, including the Georgia Section of the PGA and the Georgia State Golf Association, issued a statement July 4 suggesting people donate to an online fundraiser established for Siller's family.
As of 5 p.m. Monday, the fundraiser had raised more than $300,000 from more than 2,000 donors. The fundraiser, titled "The family of Gene Siller, PCC Director of Golf," can be found on gofundme.com.