‘Great opportunity’ that H. W. Bush’s one-off doc was targeted by the gunman: police

The authorities have released a sketch and surveillance images of the suspect in Dr. Hausknecht death.

(Houston Police)

Houston police said Thursday that there is a “high probability” that George H. W. Bush and former cardiologist was targeted when he was shot and killed last week while cycling to work.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo shared the news on Twitter, but on the condition that there is no further information about the investigation into the death of 65-year-old Dr. Mark Hausknecht.

UPDATE #5: Chief @ArtAcevedo states “There is a big chance that the doctor was targeted.” No other information is available, if additional details are part of the ongoing investigation. Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact HPD at 713-308-3600 #hounews

— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) July 26, 2018

Hausknecht was shot dead on 20 July, while riding to work Methodist Hospital in Houston. An autopsy report revealed that he was shot three times in the torso and the head.

The police released surveillance video and photos that show the suspected gunman following the doctor on the way to work. A composite sketch showed the male suspect in a pair of glasses and a cap. Investigators say the suspect also wore a fully loaded, olive green backpack at the time of the shooting.

Bush, who was treated by Hausknecht in 2000 for an irregular heartbeat, a statement last week with his condolences:

Hausknecht was a well-known physician who once treated former President George H. W. Bush


“Mark was a fantastic cardiologist and a good man. I will always be grateful for his exceptional, compassionate care. His family is in our prayers.”

During a press conference Wednesday, Acevedo called the recording “confusing” and “really a whodunit,” but he said that he was convinced that the killer would be found.


Paulina Dedaj is a writer/ reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @PaulinaDedaj.

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