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Houston police hunting clues in murder of Bush doctor by cyclist



AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Houston police are studying video surveillance and are pursuing tips to kill a cardiologist who killed former US President George H.W. Bush and was fatally shot when he rode his bike in the medical center of the city, said the authorities on Saturday.

Mark Hausknecht, 65, was killed Friday morning by a man who was probably in his thirties and fired at least two shots of a passing bicycle as the doctor drove to work in the center, which houses several hospitals and doctors' surgeries, police said.

According to the police, the suspect rode off, who had to give a motive for the daylight shot in a busy urban area.

"Mark was a fantastic cardiologist and a good man, and I will always be grateful for his extraordinary, compassionate care, and his family is in our prayers," said Bush, 94, in a statement on Friday.

Hausknecht had worked in Houston for about three decades and often went to work, local media reported. He once treated the former president for an irregular heartbeat.

The doctor's widow, ambulance Georgia Hsieh, called his killing pointless, according to a statement issued by the Houston Chronicle on Saturday.

"Now my family and I have unknowingly joined the ranks of thousands of other mourning American families who have lost innocent loved ones," said Hsieh's statement.

FILE PHOTO: Former US President George H.W. Bush comes on the field to make the toss before the start of the Super Bowl LI between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons in Houston, Texas, USA, February 5, 2017. REUTERS / Atrees Latif / File Photo

Report by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by James Dalgleish

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