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Cardiac doctor shot, killed on bicycle outside Houston Medical Center



HOUSTON – A cardiologist who was once President George H.W. Bush was fatally hit by a cyclist on Friday as he drove through a medical complex in Houston, and the police tried to find out if the shooting was accidental or purposeful. The filming took place around 9 o'clock in the morning, when dr. Mark Hausknecht headed north through the Texas Medical Center, said Troy Finner, Houston's Chief Executive Assistant Chief.

"The suspect was on a bike as well, riding past the doctor, turning around and taking two shots, the doctor went down immediately," Finner said.

CBS Houston affiliate KHOU reports Hausknecht, 65, flew a passing ambulance for help as the suspect fled the scene. Hausknecht was taken to a local hospital, where he later died.

Hausknecht went to Houston Methodist Hospital after his shooting to work, the hospital's CEO said in an e-mail to the staff.

The area where the shooting occurred is part of a 1

,345-acre complex of hospitals and medical facilities, including the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and deals with traffic and pedestrians during the day.

Late Friday officials continued their search for the suspect, who wore a gray, warm jacket, khaki shorts, and a light brown baseball cap.

Hausknecht treated Mr. Bush for an irregular heartbeat in February 2000 after the ex-president complained of drowsiness during his visit to Florida.

The cardiologist appeared with Mr. Bush at a press conference after his treatment.

Mr. Bush on Friday his condolences to Hausknechts family.

"Mark was a fantastic cardiologist and a good man," Mr. Bush said in a statement. "I will always be grateful for his extraordinary, compassionate care."

Hausknecht has been specializing in medical practice and cardiovascular disease for almost 40 years, said Marc Boom, President and CEO of Houston Methodist Hospital.

Hausknecht belonged to the medical staff of the hospital and to the heart and vascular center DeBakey.

"His patients appreciated his friendly behavior at the bedside and the extra time it took to answer their questions and fully explain their condition and treatment," Boom said in an e-mail to employees on Friday. "Our staff who worked with him said patients are so proud to call him their doctor."

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