A cardiologist who treated President George H.W. Bush was shot and killed Friday morning while cycling in Houston, police said.
Dr. Mark Hausknecht, 65, was riding his bike about 9 a.m. through the Texas Medical Center when another man on a bike rode past him and fired two shots, police said.
“The doctor immediately went down,” Assistant Chief Troy Finner said.
Hausknecht was taken to Herman Memorial Hospital, where he died. The man rode off on a light-colored mountain bike, police said.
Police released a sketch of the man suspected in the shooting. He was described as a clean-shaven white or Hispanic man who is about 30 years old. The man is about 5-10 and has a slender build. He was wearing a tan baseball cap, sunglasses, khaki shorts, and a blue, short-sleeved polo, instead a gray jacket as was originally reported.
On Sunday night, investigators released three surveillance photos that show the suspect following behind Hausknecht at an intersection one block away from where the shooting took place.
A fourth photo shows the suspect at the same intersection heading in the opposite direction moments after the shooting.
On Monday, Houston police released footage from a passing bus showing the suspect on a dark bicycle and wearing a fully-loaded olive green backpack. It also shows the doctor on a bright yellow bicycle riding a few yards ahead of him.
UPDATE #4 New surveillance photo of the suspect wanted in the killing of Dr. Hausknecht. Suspect is now described as wearing a blue, short sleeved polo shirt, (not a gray warm-up suit), a khaki ball cap and khaki shorts. He has a large, fully-loaded, olive green backpack. pic.twitter.com/VRk66CFeXb
— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) July 23, 2018
Houston police are still urging anyone with information about the crime to come forward, including those who might be able to identify the suspect.
“This is a crime that doesn’t make sense,” Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo told the Houston Chronicle.
Hausknecht had been on his way to work at Houston Methodist Hospital when he was shot, the hospital’s chief executive said in an email to staff.
“We will all miss seeing Mark in the hallways and seeing patients in the cath lab and [coronary care unit], where he was known as a compassionate physician with a phenomenal bedside manner,” Houston Methodist President Dr. Marc Boom said in a written statement. “Our employees who worked with him said patients were so proud to call him their doctor.”
Bush offered his condolences to Hausknecht’s family.
“Mark was a fantastic cardiologist and a good man,” Bush said in a written statement. “I will always be grateful for his exceptional, compassionate care. His family is in our prayers.”
Bush and Hausknecht appeared together in 2000 at a press conference after he treated the president for atrial fibrillation.
Hausknecht’s widow, Dr. Georgia R. Hsieh, spoke about gun control following her husband’s death.
“‘Senseless’ has become a trite adjective to describe these tragedies, but what is senseless is the misguided notion that any society with more guns is a safer society,” she said in a statement to the Chronicle.
Hausknecht earned his degree from Baylor College of Medicine in 1980 and had practiced in Houston since 1987. Those who knew him said he biked to work every day.