KTVQ.COM (via CNN News) June 14, 2019 – Two years after a gunman nearly killed him, Matt Mika’s ribs hurt when the weather gets too hot or cold. Some of his fingers feel swollen all the time, and the nerves are still growing back in his left hand.
Mika, who was shot at a Republican congressional baseball practice two years ago Friday, has made a full recovery, but says his life is forever changed by the event.
a close bond between everyone who was on the field that day, from members of
Congress to staff, that no one can ever understand or break,” Mika told CNN in
a recent interview.
On June 14, 2017, a man who posted online about hating conservatives and President Donald Trump fired a semi-automatic rifle and a semi-automatic handgun at Republican lawmakers, staff and coaches practicing for an upcoming charity baseball game in Alexandria, Virginia. The shooter fired at least 70 rounds before he was killed.
Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana was gravely wounded, and his determined recovery has been widely reported on, but for the four others who were struck by bullets and shrapnel, their road to recovery has been largely out of the spotlight in the years since the attack.
a lobbyist, nearly bled to death from bullet wounds to his chest, millimeters
from his heart, and his left arm. Zack Barth, who works for Texas Rep. Roger
Williams, was shot in the leg. Crystal Griner and David Bailey, both Capitol
Police officers who returned fire on the shooter, were wounded — Griner was
shot in the ankle, and shrapnel hit Bailey.
Griner and Bailey, who were on Scalise’s protective detail, have
been hailed as heroes for their actions that day.
Police officials declined to make the officers available for interviews, but
Mika and Barth described their paths to recovery in interviews with CNN, giving
a picture of long-term impacts of the shooting and the lessons they have
learned. While their stories are different, both agreed that the violence that
day showed the need for a return to civility and respect in politics.
people will learn the lesson from that day, but I’m afraid that they won’t,”
the days leading up to the two-year anniversary, Scalise tweeted his gratitude
to the Capitol Police officers.
think about the heroes when I think about June 14, 2017. This morning, I was
honored to welcome one of those heroes—Special Agent Crystal Griner—back to the
field at our #CongressionalBaseballGame practice. We’ll forever be grateful for
the courageous action of Capitol Police,” Scalise tweeted Wednesday.
year’s congressional baseball game with be held on June 26.
Mika, a lobbyist who works at Tyson Foods, said his wounds were
so serious that “I’m not supposed to be here.”
don’t suffer that type of chest wound and make it,” he said.
The first bullet went through his right side under his arm and came out through his chest, missing his heart by less than half an inch. The second bullet hit his left arm when he was lying on the ground by the SUV that Bailey and Griner were using to take cover and return fire. The shot severed a nerve. [Read More]