A cardiologist who once treated former President George H.W. Bush was gunned down Friday morning while riding his bicycle through Houston’s Texas Medical Center, Fox News reports.
Houston Police Executive Assistant Chief Troy Finner said that 65-year-old Dr. Mark Hausknecht was riding a bicycle northbound on South Main Street about 9 a.m. when the suspect, also riding a bicycle, drove past him, turned around and fired two shots.
Hausknecht was taken 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 busy with traffic and pedestrians during the day.
Hausknecht was going to work at Houston Methodist Hospital when he was shot, the hospital’s CEO said in an email to staff.
Bush, who was treated by Hausknecht in 2000 for an irregular heartbeat, issued a statement offering his condolences: “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.”
Police are still searching for the suspect, who is described as a white or Hispanic man, KTRK reported. He was wearing a dark jacket, shorts, a tan baseball cap and sunglasses at the time of the shooting. Police say he was ‘clean shaven.’
HPD homicide unit is investigating the scene.
Rest in peace.
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