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Houston Methodist Hospital doctor shot to death by man on bicycle identified

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HOUSTON – Houston police say a doctor was fatally shot as he rode his bicycle through the city's Texas Medical Center by an unidentified man who was also on a bike.

Houston Police Executive Assistant Chief Troy Finner said the shooting happened around 9 a.m. Friday as Dr. Mark Hausknecht was going northbound through the medical center.

Finner says the suspect rode past the doctor, turned and fired two shots.

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Dr. Hausknecht was hit at least once and taken to Ben Taub Hospital where he died.

Dr. Hausknecht was the cardiologist of former President George H.W. Bush.

"Mark was a fantastic cardiologist and a good man," Bush said. " I will always be grateful for his exceptional, compassionate care. His family is in our prayers."

Dr. Hausknecht was a doctor at Houston Methodist Hospital.

Finner said investigators are questioning witnesses and hope the many surveillance cameras in the area will lead them to the shooter. 

Houston Methodist Hospital released a statement to KSAT's sister station, Click2Houston that read:

"I’m very sorry to inform you that Dr. Mark Hausknecht, a cardiologist who was an important member of the Houston Methodist staff and the DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, was tragically shot and killed this morning while riding his bicycle to work. Mark was a leader in the Houston Cardiovascular Associates and specialized in cardiovascular disease. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and completed his residency and fellowship at The John Hopkins Hospital. He is a longtime Houston Methodist-affiliated physician and has been in practice for almost four decades. 

"His patients appreciated his kind bedside manner and the extra time he took to answer their questions and fully explain their condition and treatment. We will all miss seeing Mark in the hallways and seeing patients in the cath lab and CCU, where he was known as a compassionate physician with a phenomenal bed side manner. Our employees who worked with him said patients were so proud to call him their doctor. 

"Not only was he revered by his patients but Mark was highly regarded among his peers and colleagues. He was recently recognized as a Super Doctor, a listing of outstanding doctors who have attained a high degree of peer recognition or professional achievement. 

"We wish Mark’s family and friends peace and prayers as they cope with their loss."