Golfer Gene Siller was killed after he witnessed a crime, police say

(CNN) – Researchers believe that the golfer Gene Siller – One of the three men who were found fatally shot on an Atlanta-area golf course Saturday – died “because he witnessed an active crime,” police said Tuesday.Police did not specify what the crime was, but said the other two men were found dead in the bed of a pickup truck in a field near where Siller was shot.

“It does not appear that (Siller) was a target,” but rather that he died because “he came across an ongoing crime by chance involving the unknown suspect and the two deceased men,” the Cobb County Police Department said. in a press release.

Investigators said they are following leads, and are still trying to determine the motives behind the shooting. They have not released the name of any suspect.

Cobb County Police said they received a call to report that a person had been shot around 2:20 p.m. Saturday and found Siller, the club’s director of golf, shot in the head near the green. from hole 10 of the course.

There was a pickup truck on the green and officers found the bodies of the other two men in the truck bed, both also shot, according to police.

Someone drove to the green in the truck, a white Ram 3500, and shot Siller when he came to see what was happening, a club member told the CNN affiliate WXIA. The assailant fled, WXIA reported.

One of those killed is Paul Pierson, the registered owner of the Ram 3500, police said. The other man’s name has not been released.

Pierson and the other deceased man “appear to have nothing to do with the scene,” Cobb County Police said Tuesday.

Members of the country club do not know why the deaths occurred, a friend of Siller’s said Tuesday morning.

“This doesn’t make any sense,” Brian Katrek, a member of the Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw and host of SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio, told CNN’s “New Day” before Tuesday’s police news release.

“I think the reaction of the partners at this time remains one of deep shock,” Katrek said.

Investigators told CNN that they are asking residents to check video of their doors for clues.

Police said Gene Siller was shot after someone drove a pickup onto the golf course.

The club will reopen this Wednesday

The club will reopen its doors on Wednesday, although hole 10 will remain closed for now, according to a club official in a letter sent to members on Tuesday.

Club members and staff “continue to mourn the senseless loss of our friend Gene Siller,” reads the letter from club official Lou Bottino.

Siller’s wife and other family members visited the 10th hole Monday “to see where this unimaginable tragic act occurred as part of their grief,” Bottino wrote.

Siller’s wife added flowers to a monument that grows on the 10th green, the letter says.

Siller leaves behind a wife and two children

The Georgia State Golf Association (GSGA) expressed its condolences on Siller’s death. “All of us at the GSGA are deeply saddened by the tragic events that occurred today at Pinetree CC. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Gene Siller’s family and friends.” the association tweeted after hearing the news.

Siller, 41, is survived by his wife and two children, ages 6 and 7, according to the Pinetree Country Club.

“Tragedy has struck the Georgia Section Golfers Association over the loss of our member, Gene Siller. Thoughts and prayers for his family and the Pinetree Country Club family,” tweeted the Professional Golfers Association of Georgia (PGA).

America’s Golfers Association President Jim Richerson also released a statement: “We are truly heartbroken to learn of the senseless death that took place yesterday at the Pine Tree Country Club in Georgia that claimed the member’s life. from PGA Gene Siller, “the statement said. “The American Golfers Association sends its thoughts, prayers and deep condolences to his family, the club and the Georgia PGA community.”

Sebastian Schutte, a friend of Siller’s, said the community was in shock.

“I didn’t realize until later that this happened at our country club,” he told CNN on Monday. “I still can’t believe it.”

Siller was well liked, he said, and “treated everyone with respect.”

Siller’s family created a GoFundMe page to help with finances.

– Ryan Young, Devon M. Sayers, Jen Bernstein, Ralph Ellis, Alaa Elassar contributed to this report.

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