Man shoots, kills Massillon doctor, self
The two reportedly shared a mutual love interest.
A Massillon MASSILLON — doctor was fatally shot Monday in the parking lot of Affinity Medical Center as he left the hospital and walked to his vehicle.
Authorities say the shooter, Michael Wood, fired at Dr. George Q. Seese about 2 p.m. before fatally shooting himself.
Seese, 59, was rushed inside the hospital for treatment but died during surgery, Stark County Coroner Chief Investigator Harry Campbell said.
Wood, 50, was pronounced dead in the hospital’s emergency room immediately following the shooting, Campbell said.
The incident occurred about 150 feet from the hospital’s ER in the Amherst Road parking lot.
Hospital personnel raced to try to rescue Seese by putting him on a gurney to get him inside hospital.
No possible motive for the shooting had been released by police. WEWS Channel 5 reports authorities said Wood and Seese shared a mutual love interest. Wood confronted Seese about the matter before shooting him. He then walked to his car, which was parked behind Seese’s and shot himself, the television station said.
Seese, a father of 13 who went by the nickname “Skip,” was a general cardiologist with Stark Medical Specialties Inc.
In addition to Affinity, he also practiced at Union Hospital in Dover, Aultman Orrville Hospital in Orrville and Aultman Hospital in Canton.
Seese attended Youngstown State University and Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he received his medical degree in 1987. He completed his cardiology fellowship at Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Brownsville, N.J. and returned to Ohio in 1992.
According to his biography on Stark Medical Specialties’ website, Seese loved “to spend time with his children and grandchildren.” He also enjoyed sports and was an avid fisherman.
Massillon Police Capt. Bill Peel said detectives were interviewing several witnesses, who were in the parking lot or near the shooting scene when the shots erupted.
None of the witnesses were wounded, including a man who sped out of the parking lot with a child in his vehicle when he heard the shots, according to Peel.
The driver returned to the scene a short time later and gave his statement to investigators as to what they saw and heard, the captain said.
According to Peel, detectives reported an active shooter as they rushed to the scene. But after talking with witnesses, they said it appeared there was only one shooter and he had taken his own life after the doctor was wounded.
No indication was given as to how many shots were fired.
The incident happened near the doctor’s Denali SUV, Peel said. The gunman was parked nearby, leading authorities to speculate that he was waiting to attack the physician.
Massillon police Captain Bill Peel at the scene of a shooting in the parking lot of Affinity Medical Center on Monday in Massillon. The gunman shot a doctor walking to his car before killing himself.