Neenah native recovering from Ohio shooting

Alex Melchert's family says he appreciates the support he's received.

Alex Melchert

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WBAY) – The family of a Neenah High School graduate shot and critically wounded at a rest stop in Ohio is speaking publicly for the first time since the shooting.

Alex Melchert was shot six times in what police say was a random shooting.

Tuesday night he was in recovery after his third surgery but was awake and communicating with family through writing because of his breathing tube.

He remains in critical condition but he is stable.

His family told our sister station in Ohio that doctors were able to remove the breathing tube without issue.

Melchert’s mother, father, brother and sister say they can already tell he very much appreciates the outpouring of support he’s received.

“We’re trying to trickle it in a little bit at a time for Alex, but it’s almost dangerous to tell him all about it because his heart starts racing because he’s so touched and he’s so… he feels so loved,” sister Adriane Melchert said.

Melchert is in Ohio attending The College of Wooster, where he’s a freshman. He graduated from Neenah High School last spring.

State police say the suspect in the shooting died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a police chase.