2 Dead After Gunman Shoots Doctor in Hospital Parking Lot

Police say the man shot and killed the doctor before killing himself in the Affinity Medical Center parking lot over a shared love interest.

A gunman shot and killed a doctor in an Ohio hospital parking lot on Monday before turning the gun on himself.

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.

A preliminary investigation indicates the two men had a shared love interest, according to News 5 Cleveland.

The gunman, who has been identified as 50-year-old Michael Wood, confronted Seese at his vehicle before shooting him. He then walked to his car which was parked behind Seese’s and shot himself in the head.

Both men were found in the parking lot where hospital personnel and firefighters attempted to save them. Seese died during surgery several hours after the shooting.

A man who lives near the hospital says he heard four consecutive shots, a pause, and then two more shots, reports The Dispatch. Police have confirmed at least six spent rounds were found in the parking lot.

Massillon City Schools were briefly placed on lockdown after police believed the suspect may be on the loose after seeing a vehicle flee the scene. It was later determined that the fleeing vehicle was unrelated to the shooting.

The hospital was also placed on lockdown following the incident.

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. She was ordered to lock herself in a nearby room with her son and her cousin, reports the Canton Rep. They hid behind a bed until about 3 p.m. when they were told it was safe to come out.

City police officers and detectives blocked off the area with yellow police caution tape until the scene was cleared around 5 p.m.

An online biography says Seese was a cardiologist and the medical director of the Stark Medical Specialties Noninvasive Cardiovascular Lab at the medical center.

He is survived by his 13 children ranging from ages five to 32.

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