On Friday, July 20, former President George H.W. Bush posted a heartbreaking tribute to a cardiologist who had previously treated him. At the time, it was reported that the cardiologist was killed in a drive-by shooting incident when he was riding his bike.
Now PEOPLE has reported the tragic news that the shooting was very likely targeted. They just released a sketch of the suspect, and there were several witnesses to the shooting, which took place in broad daylight.
Chief Art Acevedo revealed on Thursday that investigators are still not certain of the motive. However, he’s confident that police will make an arrest in the case.
Dr. Mark Hausknecht was killed by another bicyclist traveling in the opposite direction before 9 a.m. on Friday, July 20, according to a press release by the Houston Police Department. The 65-year-old cardiologist was pronounced dead at Ben Taub General Hospital.
The former president issued a statement via his spokesman Jim McGrath. In it, he expressed his sorrow.
The statement read, “President George H.W. Bush was deeply saddened by the tragic circumstances surrounding the untimely passing of Dr. Mark Hausknecht in Houston earlier today, and 41 sends his most sincere condolences to the Hausknecht family, his colleagues at Houston Methodist- and his friends.”
Former President Bush said, “Mark was a fantastic cardiologist and a good man. I will always be grateful for his exceptional, compassionate care. His family is in our prayers.”
Surveillance footage shows Hausknecht and the suspect before the shooting. They were each riding their bicycles on South Main Street, in Houston. At one point, the suspect—who was wearing a blue short-sleeve polo shirt, khaki cap, khaki shorts, and carrying a dark green backpack—appeared to follow the doctor as he peddled North.
“We are actively looking for a suspect,” Executive Assistant Police Chief Troy Finner said during a press conference. “A good thing about the medical center is that there are a lot of cameras. We’re hoping that we can get some footage of this and bring this violent criminal into custody.”
“In any big city, crime can happen at any time. The most important thing is we have to watch out for one another. If you see something, say something,” Finner added.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (713) 222-TIPS.
Please join George H.W. Bush in praying for the friends and family of Dr. Mark Hausknecht. In other news, the FDA has recalled a common heart medication because it may cause cancer. Do you or anyone you know take this medication?