Earlier this Summer, a congressional baseball game became the target of a shooter who managed to injure a handful of participants. Now, months later, one of the survivors is speaking about the horrific encounter.
Mika had taken a bullet to the chest during the incident which left five injured. Shooter James Hodgekinson would die from injuries incurred during a shootout with police.
"I could see his eyes and the gun, but that was it. After that, I was like, 'I've got to get out of here. I've got to run as fast as I can and move.'"
Mika said that he does not remember the precise moment he was shot, but that he believed the bullet entered his body while he was fleeing toward the parking lot and guiding a child to safety. Mika says by the time he got to the lot he “had blood all over my chest, on my pants.” He then hid behind a car where he believes he was shot again, this time in the arm (he was guarding his head).
Capitol Police Officers Crystal Griner and David Bailey attempted to shield Mika with their bodies. They were also injured during the attack.
“Time stopped,” Mika said. “I think it is awesome I’m alive. The incident took six minutes, according to the police reports. It felt like 30, 40, 45 minutes.”
“This is supposed to be a safe haven, this is the sandlot…you’re not supposed to have any violence or guns or shooting,” Mika added. “So, we have to be better than that.”
Mika is still in physical therapy, working toward a full recovery.
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