Massillon Police say that the man who shot a cardiologist in the parking lot of Affinity Medical Center Monday afternoon targeted the doctor because of a shared love interest.
Dr. George Seese was walking out to his vehicle that was parked in the Affinity Medical Center parking lot Monday afternoon. When he reached his Denali, Dr. Seese was approached by Michael Wood, who police say then fired five shots at Seese, hitting him several times. After the shooting, Wood returned to his car, which was parked behind Seese's in the lot, and then turned the gun on himself.
Dr. Seese died from his wounds, as did Wood.
Area schools were placed on lockdown for a brief period following the shooting, but Massillon Police say that Dr. Seese was the only intended target and there was no immediate threat to the public.
Dr. Seese was a cardiologist for 20 years and leaves behind 13 children and 13 grandchildren, according to reports. One of Dr. Seese's sons is a colleague at WAKR and Rubber City Radio Group.
UPDATE 5:54 PM: NewsChannel 5 IDs the man taken into custody near Edison Middle School as 48 year-old Forrest Sunkle, arrested for attempted murder charges linked to his wife.
He held police at bay for about two hours in a pickup truck he was driving, and was eventually taken into custody at about 12:45 on Monday afternoon.
(Earlier coverage) Things are back to normal in the Perry Local School district, after a lockdown caused by police activity near a school.
NewsChannel 5 reports that Massillon police were looking for a man in connection with the attempted murder of his wife.
He was seen being taken into custody near Edison Middle School.
The district has updated the situation, after some Edison students were bused to Canton Baptist Temple during the lockdown.
In a statement, district officials say the system will operate on a normal schedule the rest of the day.
Edison students will be picked up at Canton Baptist Temple, and Pfeiffer Intermediate students didn't have to be bused there in the first place.
(Perry Local Schools, website) UPDATE: At this time the situation on 13th Street has been resolved. Perry Local School will operate on a normal schedule for the remainder of the school day. Pfeiffer Intermediate students DID NOT need transportation to Canton Baptist Temple. Pfeiffer students and staff will be dismissed per the normal schedule.
Parents/Guardians of Edison students can still pick up their child at Door I on the north side of Canton Baptist Temple.