Man shoots, kills Mas­sil­lon doc­tor, self

The two re­port­edly shared a mu­tual love in­ter­est.

Dayton Daily News - - LOCAL & STATE - By Ge­orge W. Davis

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.

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