HOUSTON (AP) – A cardiologist once writing to former 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 determine if the shooting was accidental or purposeful.
The filming took place around 9 o'clock, when dr. Mark Hausknecht headed north through the Texas Medical Center, said Houston Police's Executive Assistant Chief Troy Finner.
"The suspect was on a bike as well, riding past the doctor, turning and firing two shots, the doctor went down immediately," Finner said, "Hausknecht, 65, hit at least once, was taken to a nearby location Hospital was taken to where he died.
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Authorities continued late on Friday looking for the suspect, who is a gray Warm jacket, khaki shorts, and a brown baseball cap were worn in. Hausknecht treated Bush for an irregular heartbeat in February 2000 after the ex-pres He had complained of drowsiness during his visit to Florida.
The cardiologist appeared with Bush at a press conference after his treatment. Bush on Friday his condolences to Hausknechts family. "Mark was a fantastic cardiologist and a good man," 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 was part of the hospital's medical staff and his DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center.
"His patients appreciated his friendly bedding and the extra time he 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."