A doctor has been charged in the drive-by shooting of a bicyclist, who was hit in the chest and shoulder and is now recovering at the same hospital where the physician works.
Dr. Wameeth Fadhli, a doctor at the University of Texas Medical Branch hospital in Galveston, was jailed Thursday on $60,000 bond after being accused of firing numerous shots at the 22-year-old man on Tuesday.
According to witnesses, the victim was riding his bicycle when a sport utility vehicle pulled alongside and began firing what they described as a pistol. The witnesses told police the shooter was alone and wearing what appeared to be surgical scrubs, said Galveston County Sheriff's Maj. Ray Tuttoilmondo.
The bicyclist, whose name was not released, was in guarded condition after surgery for bullet wounds in his chest and left shoulder, officials said.
Investigators found a vehicle matching witness descriptions in front of a home where they found Fadhli and took him into custody. Fadhli, 33, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Police had not found the gun by Thursday, and officials said they had no evidence that the two men knew each other.
"At this point, this looks like it could have been just a random shooting, and that makes it a pretty scary crime," Assistant District Attorney Xochitl Vandiver said.
Fadhli will not perform any clinical work while the investigation is under way, hospital spokeswoman Jennifer Reynolds-Sanchez said.