ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Alexandria shooting victim and Michigan native Matt Mika is showing “positive results” after undergoing additional surgery over the weekend, and is expected to make a full recovery, his family said.
“While we know there will be difficult and challenging days ahead for Matt and our family, the physicians and specialists at Matt’s side expect a full recovery,” the family said.
Mika, of Oakland County, is the current director of government relations at Tyson Foods and was shot Wednesday when a lone gunman opened fire at a GOP congressional baseball team’s practice in Alexandria, Virginia.
Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise (R), congressional aide Zach Barth and U.S. Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner were also shot in the ambush.
The family said that Mika is responsive.
“He continues to communicate with us through notes, and even signed the game ball for the Congressional Baseball Game,” the family said. “Matt especially valued the professionalism of the officers of the Capitol Police, and would appreciate contributions to the Capitol Police Memorial Fund, one of the designated charities at Thursday night’s ballgame.”
The Congressional Baseball Game has been played since 1909 and benefits area charities including The Washington Literacy Center, The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington and the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation.
Democrats defeated Republicans 11-2 in the game, but the winning trophy was given back to Republicans to be put in Scalise's office.
Mika’s family thanked the care team at George Washington University Hospital for their “world-class care” and said they are “grateful beyond words for the heroic actions” of the two officers that ended the bloodshed Wednesday. U.S. Capitol Police Officer Griner was shot during the incident and Officer David Bailey was injured.
Mika will remain in the intensive care unit through the weekend at least, the family said.
Majority Whip Scalise, the No. 3 Republican in the House, also remains in the ICU and has been in critical condition.
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