911 caller describes Ohio hospital shooting, panic

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In this undated photo provided by the Summit County Sheriff Department shows John Wise. Wise, 66, is suspected of the mercy killing of his wife, who was shot at her bedside in the ICU unit of Akron General Medical Center Saturday. She died the next morning. Wide seemed perplexed at the charge when he stood before a judge Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012 on an aggravated attempted murder charge, asking whether his wife was indeed dead. (AP Photo/Summit County Sheriff Department)

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A 911 recording indicates people at an Ohio hospital initially thought a gunshot sound in a patient's room came from an oxygen tank.

Police allege a man walked into an Akron hospital's intensive care unit and shot his wife in the head in what may be a mercy killing. She later died.

A woman who called to report the gunshot said she and others went into the room thinking the sound came from an oxygen tank. She says the man, dressed in black, was sitting and appeared to be handling a gun. She said she then hid in another room.

John Wise of Massillon is charged and is being held on bond of $1 million. His arraignment is Wednesday.