Shooting victim Mika released from hospital

The Detroit News, DetroitNews

An Oakland County native shot multiple times last week while volunteering at a congressional baseball practice has been discharged from the hospital, his family confirmed Friday.

Matt Mika’s release comes after the George Washington University Hospital reported earlier Friday that Mika was in good condition and out of the intensive care unit.

The lobbyist for Tyson Foods is expected to make a full recovery after being shot multiple times in the chest and arm by a gunman who opened fire June 14 during the Republican team practice in Alexandria, Virginia. Authorities identified the gunman as James Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois, who died of wounds sustained during a shootout with police.

The family called Mika’s discharge “a welcome and important step” and asked for privacy.

“We are truly grateful for the compassionate, world-class care provided by the doctors, nurses and team at George Washington, and we will never forget and continue to be grateful for the heroism shown by the U.S. Capitol Police,” the family statement released Friday said. “We truly appreciate the prayers, words of encouragement and support from Matt’s friends, family and people across the nation and the world.”

Others injured in the shooting included GOP Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, two Capitol Police officers and a congressional staffer.

Mika, an avid baseball fan, also was visited Thursday by Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth, the hspital said.

News of Mika’s improved condition comes after friends launched a fundraising campaign to help pay for his medical expenses. As of Friday evening, the GoFundMe page had raised more than $58,000.

Mika had been expected to remain in the intensive care unit through the weekend following an additional surgery late last week.

Mika is director of government relations in the Washington office of Tyson Foods, where he has worked for six years. He also previously worked on Capitol Hill for U.S. Reps. Dave Camp of Midland and Tim Walberg of Tipton.

Mika’s family has said he values the actions of the Capitol Police officers who returned fire and would appreciate contributions to the Capitol Police Memorial Fund, one of the charities for which Thursday’s Congressional Baseball Game raised money.