Man shoots doctor outside hospital, kills himself

Massillon police say suspect shot doctor, then took his own life at Affinity Medical Center

Doctor, gunman shared a mutual love interest in murder-suicide shooting, reports say

Massillon Police Captain Bill Peel says the victim, Doctor George Seese, was walking to his SUV in the Affinity Medical Center parking lot at approximately 2 p.m. when he was shot by the gunman at least twice from close range.

Police Chief Keith Moser told CBS affiliate WOIO-TV that Dr. George Seese was leaving Affinity Medical Center and getting into his auto in the afternoon when a man, later identified as 50-year-old Michael Wood, approached him in the parking lot and opened fire with a handgun at close range.

"It appears at this time that he targeted the doctor specifically", Moser said.

Police said Wood confronted Seese at his vehicle, which was parked next to Wood's auto, and shot him several times before going to his own auto and shooting himself. Authorities say Seese and Wood shared a mutual love interest, which Wood allegedly confronted Seese about. He and Seese were rushed inside the hospital, where they were both pronounced dead.

A man who lives near the hospital tells The Independent newspaper in Massillon that he heard about six shots.

Courtney Hillard, a patient at the hospital, was waiting in the emergency room when an alarm went off, indicating an active shooter was outside the building.

WKBN reports Seese, also known by the nickname "Skip", leaves behind 13 children ranging in ages from 5 to 32. Police noted he was affiliated with the Massillon medical center where the shooting occurred but that his practice was in Perry Township.

As a precaution to the shooting, Massillon Schools were placed on lockdown, but that lockdown has since been lifted.

"The safety of our students and staff is always our number one priority". The incident was not on school property.

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