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The day after a beloved cardiologist was wheeled to work, the Houston police attempt to search for a motive for a crime that shook the city. knit medical community.
Dr. Mark Hausknecht, a renowned physician who once served as the former President George H.W. Bush was shot dead by a passing cyclist in broad daylight on Main Street, police said. The 65-year-old died Friday morning in the hospital of Ben Taub.
It is not clear if the killing was accidental or purposeful. But in the 24 hours after the assassination, the police have located at least one video clip of the suspect and are still looking for more, hoping for clues from the public.
"This is a crime that makes no sense," Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said Saturday. "We do not even have a motive."
The Houston Methodist's doctor was riding his bicycle near the intersection of Main and Holcombe when the gunman overtook him from behind, police said. Two blocks later, the shooter turned his mountain bike and fired at least twice. The doctor immediately went under, and the shooter rode north.
The man in question is described by the police as a clean-shaven white or Hispanic 30-year-old man wearing a gray warm-up jacket, khaki shorts, a tan baseball cap, and sunglasses. He is about 5 feet-10 with a slim physique, police said.
Investigators searched the area for video footage of the suspect, and Acevedo said Saturday they had tracked down some, but still needed more.  "We still hope that the community in their neighborhood and on their way to work will review and check all their home and business videos, see if they see the doctor go to work, and see someone following him." Acevedo.
Investigators hope to assemble the doctor's exact moves on the morning of killing.
"The more eyes we have on video cameras," said the boss, "the greater the odds that we will gather more evidence ,
Already during the police investigation, Hausknecht's mourning widow spoke about the need for weapons legislation.
"Meaningless" has become a drab adjective to describe these tragedies, but what is pointless is the misguided notion that some society is having more guns is a safer society, "said Dr. Georgia R. Hsieh of the Chronicle in a statement on Saturday. "If students can not go to school without fear and teachers need to arm themselves, why did this country come?"
His widow also wrote that the killed doctor loved Houston and she thanked the community for her support. It is not clear if any vigils are planned.
"So many have asked what can be done to help," she wrote. "While law enforcement agencies have focused on finding the criminal, I urge you to use your voice and voice to stop the growing epidemic of public health by writing, emailing, or tweeting your congressman's judicious gun laws Demands it to leave a safer environment for future generations. "
Hausknecht graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in 1980 and practiced in Houston seven years later. He cycled to work every day and took extraordinary care of himself.
In the hours after his death, he was lovingly remembered by colleagues, patients, and co-workers.
"We will all miss seeing Mark in the hallways and seeing patients in the cath lab and coronary treatment department, where he was known as a compassionate physician with phenomenal nursing," said the Methodist president. Marc boom. "Our staff who worked with him said patients are so proud to call him their doctor."
In 2000, Hausknecht appeared at a Methodist press conference with Bush after the 41st President was treated for an irregular heartbeat. The former President's spokesman offered prayer and condolences to the doctor's family, colleagues, and supporters.
"Mark was a fantastic cardiologist and a good man," Bush said in a statement. "I will always be grateful for his extraordinary compassionate care and his family is in our prayers."