U.S.|Georgia Golf Pro Was Gunned Down After He Witnessed a Crime, Police Say
Four days aft a shooting connected a play people adjacent Atlanta turned into a triple homicide, the gunman was inactive astatine large, and a motive inactive eluded the police.
Published July 6, 2021Updated July 7, 2021, 1:42 p.m. ET
A play pro who was gunned down connected Saturday astatine a suburban Atlanta state nine by a antheral who had driven a pickup motortruck onto the play people was not the gunman’s people but was killed due to the fact that helium had “witnessed an progressive transgression taking place,” the constabulary said connected Tuesday.
The gunman, who the authorities said had not been identified, fled aft the shooting astatine the Pinetree Country Club adjacent Kennesaw, Ga., leaving down a pickup motortruck that held successful its furniture the bodies of 2 different men who had been fatally shot. The gunman was inactive astatine ample connected Wednesday, 4 days aft the shooting.
The Cobb County Police Department said that investigators were inactive trying to find a motive successful what they were treating arsenic a triple homicide but that determination was nary “active menace to the nationalist astatine ample and determination was not a directed menace to residents of the neighborhood.”
The play pro was identified arsenic Gene Siller, 46, a begetter of 2 young sons who was the manager of play astatine the state club. A GoFundMe leafage that was started connected behalf of Mr. Siller’s household had raised much than $580,000 connected Wednesday.
One of the men recovered successful the motortruck was identified by the constabulary arsenic Paul Pierson, 76, who was the registered proprietor of the motortruck that the gunman had driven onto the play course. The authorities identified the 3rd unfortunate arsenic Henry Valdez, 46, of California connected Wednesday.
At astir 2 p.m. connected Saturday, the authorities said, Mr. Siller was walking toward the 10th spread astatine Pinetree erstwhile helium saw a achromatic Ram 3500 pickup motortruck connected the course. The gunman changeable Mr. Siller successful the caput and fled, the authorities said.
When investigators arrived, they besides recovered Mr. Pierson and Mr. Valdez successful the furniture of the truck, dormant from gunshot wounds, the authorities said. Both men recovered successful the motortruck had “no narration to the determination astatine all,” the constabulary said.
“We are alert that the nationalist has galore questions, the astir pressing 1 being wherefore this happened; however, it is excessively aboriginal successful the probe to speculate arsenic to motive,” the Cobb County constabulary said successful a connection connected Tuesday.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has not been asked to assist, Nelly Miles, a spokeswoman for the agency, said connected Wednesday.
Derek Easterling, the politician of Kennesaw, said that portion the shooting had taken spot conscionable extracurricular his city’s limits, the assemblage was inactive “grieving for each of the victims.” Mr. Easterling described the vicinity adjacent the state nine arsenic quiet. The play people is surrounded by rambling suburban homes connected wooded lots.
“It’s conscionable tragic,” helium said.
Corey Evans, an teacher astatine the state club, told The Atlanta Journal Constitution that Mr. Siller had dropped by the nine connected Saturday to punctual his unit that the driving scope would beryllium utilized to acceptable disconnected fireworks that weekend. Mr. Evans said the nine had been thriving nether Mr. Siller’s leadership.
Brian Katrek, a play expert for TV outlets and a subordinate of the Pinetree Country Club, told CNN that Mr. Siller “would bash thing helium could bash to marque your time better.”
One donor connected the GoFundMe leafage wrote of Mr. Siller: “He ever carried himself with class, and was a gem of a guy. It’s nary astonishment that helium built a large vocation and family.”
Johnny Diaz contributed reporting.