MASSILLON — A man who ambushed a cardiologist in the Affinity Medical Center parking lot on Monday knew his daily routine and was waiting for the opportunity to shoot him, the doctor's close friend said.
Dr. George Seese did rounds daily at Affinity hospital, starting in the morning and finishing up around 2 p.m., said his medical practice partner, Dr. Wayne Gross.
Gross believes Michael Wood waited for some time for Seese to leave the hospital before he fired several rounds, fatally wounding Seese.
According to Massillon police, Seese, who practiced at Stark Medical Specialties in Perry Township, was walking to his SUV when Wood, 50, of New Philadelphia, shot him multiple times at close range striking him at least twice before walking back to his own vehicle parked nearby and shooting himself in the head.
Massillon Detective Jason Gohlike said Seese had been dating a woman from Tuscarawas County that had also dated Wood. Wood and the woman were no longer a couple, the detective said. It was not clear how long their relationship had been ended.
Gross said his friend had been dating the woman for about five to six months, and it was the happiest he had seen Seese in a long time.
"He is going through a second divorce and there is a lot of stress at home," Gross noted.
Seese never indicated to Gross that there was trouble with any of the woman's exes.
Police continue to investigate the murder-suicide, and are tying up loose ends, Gohlike said.
The Stark County Coroner's Office conducted autopsies on both bodies Tuesday.
Coroner Dr. Anthony Bertin said in a release that despite the efforts of the trauma surgeons at Affinity, Seese died in the operating room a little more than an hour after he was shot.
Harry Campbell, chief investigator for the Coroner's Office, said hospital employees rushed to the parking lot, where they found Seese, 59, of the Dalton area, on the ground bleeding from gunshot wounds, and rushed him to the cardiac surgery unit.
Massillon paramedics took Wood to the ER, where he was pronounced dead at 2:23 p.m.
Wood's body was taken to Lifebanc, a nonprofit organ and tissue recovery organization, before it was returned to the coroner for the autopsy.
The Coroner's Office said in a news release that Seese had several gunshot wounds but did not disclose how many.
Campbell said the autopsies were part of a homicide investigation and that the information gathered would be released to the Police Department.