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WASHINGTON — The Michigan native who was shot last week during practice for a congressional baseball game has been released from the hospital, his family says.

Matt Mika, 38, was shot multiple times in the chest and arms in the June 14 incident.  His family issued a statement Friday saying he has been discharged from George Washington University Hospital.

“We truly appreciate the prayers, words of encouragement and support from Matt’s friends, family and people across the nation and the world,” the statement says.

Mika was among several people wounded when a gunman opened fire June 14 as a congressional baseball team practiced in Alexandria, Virginia. Police killed the gunman.

Mika’s family previously said he’d suffered “massive trauma.”

The lobbyist currently working for Tyson Foods previously attended Western Michigan University after graduating from Adrian College in 2001. Mika previously worked for several Michigan lawmakers, including Republican Reps. Tim Walberg and Dave Camp.

The statement from Mika’s family:

“Our family is pleased to report that Matt has been discharged from George Washington University Hospital.

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. We truly appreciate the prayers, words of encouragement and support from Matt’s friends, family and people across the nation and the world.

Matt’s discharge is a welcome and important step. As he continues to recover we ask for your respect of our family’s privacy.”

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