'SOMETHING'S WRONG': First responders describe effort to save doctor's life after shooting in Texas Medical Center

ByShelley Childers KTRK logo
Saturday, July 21, 2018
First responders describe effort to save doctor's life after shooting
The EMT and paramedic who rushed to Dr. Mark Hausknecht's side after he was shot share what they saw exclusively with ABC13.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Houston Police say it was just before 9 a.m. Friday, during rush hour in the Texas Medical Center, when 65-year-old Dr. Mark Hausknecht was shot and killed while riding his bicycle to work.

A private ambulance passing by pulled over to help.

"I saw somebody flagging us down and I said, 'you know, something's wrong," said the EMT, who asked not to be named.

"We stopped, rendered aid to the best of our ability. We're limited when we have a patient loaded, we can't act as a normal ambulance at that point in time. We can pretty much just give first aid," said the paramedic who jumped out to perform CPR and monitor the doctor's vital signs.

The men said they did what they could, but tell us Hausknecht was not conscious.

They describe the scene at 6600 Main Street as oddly calm with few people who realized what happened.

Dr. Mark Hausknecht identified as Houston cardiologist shot to death by gunman on bike

A medical professional was shot to death by a gunman in the Medical Center, police say.

They say several witnesses were on the phone with 911, and one man was on the ground comforting the doctor's head.

The EMT and paramedic stayed with the doctor until Houston firefighters arrived on scene to take over.

The news of the shooting sent shockwaves through Houston's medical community with many people telling Eyewitness News that Hausknecht was renowned, beloved and skilled.

With nearly 40 years of experience, he saw thousands of Houstonians and even treated high profile patients like former President George H. W. Bush.

He helped found Houston Cardiovascular Associates and worked both at Methodist Hospital and Memorial Hermann Hospital.

The three organizations sent their condolences through statements to Eyewitness News calling Dr. Hausknecht a "leader", "a compassionate physician", "a cherished friend" and "wonderful human being."

On the sidewalks, he was known as the pedaling physician.

"I saw him almost every day, driving on his bike," said Erick Estrada, a valet in the Texas Medical Center.

"I'll have my headphones on passing by and he'll like give me a heads up every time he would pass by, because he's hauling through you know," said another worker.

Police are still searching for the shooter, who they say was also on a bicycle.

Investigators believe the gunman was following behind the doctor for two blocks before shooting him.

The suspect is described by police as a man about 30 years-old, light skinned possibly white or Hispanic, clean shaven with a slim frame.

They believe he was wearing a tan cap, sunglasses and khaki shorts.

If you have any information regarding this crime, call Crime Stoppers at (713) 222-TIPS. You can also submit your anonymous tip online at www.Crime-Stoppers.org.

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