The Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) is shaken up as authorities continue the search for the armed suspect in a golf course massacre that took place over Independence Day weekend.
The suspect drove a truck onto the course at Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw, Georgia on July 3, and killed three men, including the club’s Director of Golf, Gene Siller.
Siller’s body was found at the tenth hole with a gunshot wound to the head. The other two victims were found with gunshot wounds in the back of the truck parked on the green, which belonged to one of the victims.
The suspect is still at-large.
Jim Richerson, the president of PGA of America, released a statement about the incident, prior to the police finding the two other bodies.
“We are truly heartbroken to hear about the senseless murder that took place yesterday at Pine Tree Country Club in Georgia that took the life of PGA member Gene Siller. The PGA of America sends our thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathy to his family, club and the Georgia PGA community,” the statement read.
A statement from PGA of America President Jim Richerson. pic.twitter.com/mWKbqto6Gd
— PGA of America (@PGA) July 4, 2021
The PGA community aren’t the only ones shaken up about the incident. Local residents have expressed their shock at the idea that something like this could happen in their community.
“It’s mind-blowing honestly, growing up here, nothing I would have ever managed having in this city. I just can’t understand how or why this actually happened,” one local resident said.
“I think we’re all trying to stay kind of positive, you know, bring each other up,” another resident said. “It’s such a tragedy that’s happened.”
Police have released a generic description of the suspect, describing him as a male with long hair, last seen wearing a tan or white shirt with dark colored work pants. Authorities are asking anyone in the area with surveillance cameras to come forward if they have caught footage of the suspect.
The Pinetree Country Club closed over the holiday weekend because of the incident, and members were directed to a GoFundMe fundraiser that has been set up on behalf of Siller’s wife and two children to help cover funeral costs.