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.TV5 has also learned that Oakland County native Matt Mika was shot in the incident. U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop gave an eyewitness account Wednesday to Detroit radio station WWJ. He said many more people would have been shot if security staff hadn't returned fire.Bishop said he was at home plate when the gunman approached with a rifle. U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot. Bishop said Scalise was a "sitting duck" on second base.>>>Read the latest on the shooting here<<<
Mika, who is the current director of government relations at Tyson Food, was shot multiple times and is in critical condition. His family released the following statement:“We truly appreciate the outpouring of support, love and prayers. Our family continues to be in shock and we ask for privacy while we focus on Matt and his care. Because of his condition, Matt cannot receive visitors or accept gifts in the ICU.
Matt was shot multiple times in his chest and arm and suffered massive trauma. He remains in critical condition in the ICU at George Washington University Hospital. He requires assistance to breathe and will need additional surgeries. Matt has been alert, conscious and communicating through notes.
We are grateful for the care he has received, from the first responders in the field to the world-class care here at the hospital. We understand he is lucky to be alive and we owe it to these amazing individuals and Matt’s fighting spirit and grit. Additionally, we want to thank the Capitol Police for their heroic actions to stop the shooter before he could hurt even more people.
Further updates will be provided if and when Matt’s condition changes.”Mika previously worked for U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg and former U.S. Rep. David Camp, both Michigan Republicans. Walberg said Mika was helping the Republican team prepare for a game against the Democrats.>>>Click here for more on the shooting suspect<<<Bishop said 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.
"We got into our dugout and the security at the location where we practice took over until the capitol police arrived. They told us what happened and we were really stunned," Kildee said.
Spokesman Mitchell Rivard said Kildee is safe. Rivard said Kildee was practicing for the annual Congressional baseball game on a field separate from where Republicans were getting ready and is unharmed.
Rivard said Kildee sends prayers for the speedy recovery of Rep. Scalise and offers support for his family as well.
Kildee released the following statement: “I am deeply saddened by the horrific shooting at the Republican field during congressional baseball practice. This morning’s violence is absolutely senseless.
“My thoughts and prayers are with Congressman Steve Scalise, staff and police officers who were shot. I am grateful to the U.S. Capitol Police who every day put their lives on the line to keep Members of Congress, our staff and the public safe.”Kildee said this attack is personal and goes far beyond Republican or Democrat.
"The first call I made after connecting with my family to make sure that they knew that we were fine that I was OK, the first call I made was to John Moolenaar who's a Republican member of Congress, plays on the baseball team. He and I have an annual bet over the game and John is just a really good friend. I was worried about him," Kildee said.
He said the day could have been much worse.
"These are friends. Steve Scalise, a person that I disagree with on issues, but who cares about that. He's a good guy. He's a friend. I talk to him once in awhile and right now we are all hurting for him," Kildee said.
Congressman John Moolenaar of Midland was on the same field as Scalise, but wasn’t hurt.
His Communications Director David Russell released the following statement:
"This morning, Congressman John Moolenaar attended baseball practice. He was uninjured in the shooting that took place. He asks that you keep those injured in this act of cowardice in your thoughts and prayers. "
Michigan Senator Gary Peters also reacted to the shooting on Twitter:
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