Update: Family Says Doctors Seeing Positive Results for Virginia Shooting Victim


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.(WOOD) -- The Michigan man shot at a congressional baseball practice will remain in intensive care through at least the weekend, his family says.

The family of Matt Mika released a statement saying he underwent an additional surgery, and doctors reported it went well.

His family also said he is communicating with them through notes.

He also signed the game ball for the Congressional Baseball Game.

Here is their full statement :

“We want to thank the team at George Washington University Hospital for their world-class care, and we continue to be grateful beyond words for the heroic actions of the U.S. Capitol Police this week. In addition, the positive thoughts, prayers and words of encouragement from across the nation have meant the world to Matt and to all of us.
Matt has undergone additional surgery and his physicians have reported positive results. Matt will remain in the ICU through at least this weekend. He continues to communicate with us through notes, and even signed the game ball for the Congressional Baseball Game. 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.
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. This will be our final update pending Matt’s discharge from the hospital. We again ask for your understanding and respect of our family’s privacy.”


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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Matt Mika's favorite game turning into a nightmare Wednesday.

"Nobody wakes up in the morning to go for a baseball game for charity and expects something like this to happen," says Gabe Holmstrom.

Mika, including several Congressmen, were shot during baseball practice near Washington D.C.

Holmstrom is not extremely close with Mika but still calls him a friend. Holmstrom worked with Mika a few years ago.

"Matt's just a stand up guy where he'll tell you where you are, where he is, where he would like for you to be," says Holmstrom.

Mika lives in D.C. while working as a lobbyist for Tyson Foods based in Springdale, Arkansas.

"He has a whole slew of states that he has to look after and he's definitely somebody that keeps his finger on the pulse about what's going on in all the states that he covers, including Arkansas," says Holmstrom.

State Representative Jeff Williams says Mika's work leaves a positive mark in Arkansas.

"Matt's responsible for ensuring that Tyson has a great working relationship with..whether its at the federal government or the state or local levels," says Williams.

Friends say Mika took two bullets to the chest.

"As soon as I was able to get over to Matt, I could tell he was very seriously injured.  He'd lost a lot of blood.  I knelt down, I put my hand on his head and I prayed for him," says Georgia Representative Barry Loudermilk.

While Mika recovers in the hospital, friends say he will not give up.

"He's a fierce competitor...and a fighter...and all around good guy," says Holmstrom. 

Mika is in critical but stable condition.


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