Shooting near Texas Medical Center campus

Texas Children’s leadership was made aware of a shooting that was reported just before 9 a.m. in the 6600 block of Main Street near the Texas Medical Center campus. The victim was a physician, but not a Texas Children’s employee.

Dr. Mark Hausknecht, a cardiologist, was an important member of the Houston Methodist medical staff and the DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center. He 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 was revered by his patients and was highly regarded among his peers and colleagues. We wish Mark’s family and friends peace and prayers as they cope with their loss.

The shooting suspect has not been apprehended. The Houston Police Department and other area law enforcement agencies are investigating. Members of the Texas Children’s Security Department are working closely with law enforcement and have brought in additional resources to ensure the safety and security of our patients, families, employees, providers, volunteers, and visitors.

Two additional law enforcement officers will be patrolling our Texas Medical Center campus throughout the weekend, and additional staff is available to provide escorts to our employees parking in our Medical Center campus garages. For escorts, call the Service Response Center at ext. 4-5400 or ask an officer for assistance.

Everyone is advised to be extra vigilant, be aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious activity by calling Texas Children’s Security at ext. 4-5400. You can also call 911.

Traumatic events can be stressful. We understand there may be concerns or reactions such as anger, fear or even sadness. These all are normal responses. If you need support or would like to talk to someone, please reach out to our Employee Assistance Program at ext. 4-3327. You can find additional recourses on Connect here.

Carrie Rys