DETROIT — The Latest on the shooting on the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others at a Republican baseball practice outside Washington (all times local):
Family members of Matt Mika say the Michigan native suffered multiple gunshot wounds and remains in the intensive care unit in critical condition after surgery.
Mika was wounded Wednesday when a gunman opened fire at a baseball practice, injuring a congressman and others.
His family said in a statement late Wednesday that they expect Mika to remain hospitalized for at least several days. The family said, “we continue to be in disbelief that he would be part of this heinous attack.”
Mika is a former aide to Michigan Republican congressman Tim Walberg. He is director of government relations for Tyson Foods Washington, D.C., office and has worked for the company for more than six years.
Mika’s family described him as “a very thoughtful, fun-loving person who is competitive and loyal; all things which contributed to his continued commitment to the Congressional Baseball Game.”
Matt Mika’s family says the Michigan native is in critical condition after being shot during a baseball practice for congressional Republicans.
In a statement, his family says Mika was shot multiple times Wednesday and is in surgery. The family says “baseball is one of his great passions.”
Mika is director of government relations for Tyson Foods. He’s an Oakland County native and graduate of Adrian College.
He previously worked for U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg and former U.S. Rep. David Camp, both Michigan Republicans. Walberg says Mika was helping the Republican team prepare for a game against the Democrats.
Three Republican members of Michigan’s congressional delegation were among lawmakers who were practicing baseball when a gunman opened fire at the field in suburban Washington.
U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop gave an eyewitness account Wednesday to Detroit radio station WWJ. He says many more people would have been shot if security staff hadn’t returned fire.
Bishop says he was at home plate when the gunman approached with a rifle. U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot. Bishop says Scalise was a “sitting duck” on second base.
Bishop says fellow Michigan Republicans John Moolenaar and Jack Bergman were at the field. They weren’t hurt.
U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee of Genesee County was at a different baseball practice for Democrats.