Former President George Bush waves as he departs with cardiologist Mark Hausknecht and Bush doctor Am Building on the Methodist Hospital Feb. 25, 2000 in Houston.
A cardiologist who once treated former President George H. W. Bush was shot Friday morning while riding his bike through Houston’s Texas Medical Center.
Houston Police Executive Assistant Chief Troy Finner said the 65-year-old Dr. Mark Hausknecht was riding a bicycle northbound on South Main Street about 9 p.m. when the suspect, driving on a bicycle, and rode past him, turned around and fired two shots.
Hausknecht was transferred to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Finner said he was hit at least once.
The area where the shooting took place, is part of a 1,345-acre complex of hospitals and medical institutions, including the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and is filled with traffic and pedestrians during the day.
Hausknecht go to work Methodist Hospital in Houston when he was shot, the hospital’s CEO said in an e-mail to the staff.
Bush, who was treated by Hausknecht in 2000 for an irregular heartbeat, issued a statement that his sympathy: “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.”
Statement by President @GeorgeHWBush on the tragic death of Houston cardiologist Dr. Mark Hausknecht. pic.twitter.com/Wl0g6IK3c5
— Jim McGrath (@jgm41) 20 July 2018
Police are still looking for the suspect, who is described as a white or Hispanic man, KTRK reported. He was wearing a gray warm-up jacket, khaki shorts and a tan baseball cap at the time of the shooting.
Hausknecht had been in medical practice for almost 40 years and is specialized in heart disease, said Marc Boom, president and CEO of the Methodist Hospital in Houston.
“His patients appreciated his type of bed way and the extra time he took to answer their questions and to fully explain their condition and its treatment,” Tree said in an e-mail to employees on Friday. “Our staff who worked with him said patients were so proud to call him their doctor.”
The police is still trying to determine whether the shooting was random or targeted act.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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