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Golf Pro Among 3 Dead After Shooting at Georgia Country Club, Police Say

A golf pro at a suburban Atlanta country club was shot and killed on Saturday by a man who drove onto the golf course in a pickup truck bearing the bodies of two other men in the bed of the vehicle, the police said.

The golf pro was identified by several golf organizations as Gene Siller, who was in his 40s. One of the victims found dead in the truck’s bed was identified as Paul Pierson, who was the registered owner of the white RAM 3500 pickup truck, the Cobb County Police Department said in a statement on Sunday. The third victim has not been identified as of Sunday evening.

Both men found in the pickup truck’s bed had died of gunshot wounds, the police said.

The suspect has not been apprehended or identified, and investigators are still trying to determine a motive, said the Cobb County Police Department, which is investigating the shooting.

Mr. Siller, who had been serving as director of golf at the country club, was found dead at about 2:21 p.m. on Saturday near the 10th hole of the Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw, Ga., about 30 miles northwest of Atlanta, the police said.

Tweets from Kennesaw State University, which is just east of the country club, appear to show that the authorities were searching for the suspect from 2:58 p.m. to at least 4:26 p.m. on Saturday.

The fleeing suspect was “armed and dangerous” and was spotted about a mile outside the country club at about 4 p.m. on Saturday, the university’s office of emergency management said on Twitter.

At about 5 p.m., the university said there was no longer a “credible threat to campus.”

The Georgia State Golf Association said in a statement that “our thoughts and prayers are with Gene Siller’s family and friends.” Mr. Siller competed in the Yamaha Atlanta Open in May.

The Georgia PGA posted on Twitter on Saturday: “Tragedy has stricken the Georgia Section PGA in the loss of our Member, Gene Siller. Thoughts and prayers for his family and the Pinetree Country Club family.” Jim Richardson, the president of the Professional Golfers Association, said in a statement that the “PGA of America sends our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy to his family, club and the Georgia PGA community.”