Tyson Foods lobbyist among victims in GOP baseball shooting
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 6:10
A Tyson worker was hurt at Tuesday's congressional ball practice shooting in Virginia, the company confirmed.
The family of Matt Mika, a victim of the shooting at a congressional baseball practice that left five people wounded, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, has released an update about his medical condition. He underwent surgery and remained in the intensive care unit in critical condition.
His family has said baseball is Mika's passion.
While he requires assistance to breathe, Mika "has been alert, conscious and is communicating through notes", the family said in a statement.
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"We have confirmed that Matt Mika, director-government relations for our Washington, D.C. office, is among those who was shot this morning in Alexandria", Gary Mickelson, a Tyson spokesman, said in a statement.
Hodgkinson has a violent criminal history, and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents said they believe he had been living out of his auto in the Alexandria area since March. He says Mika was taken to a hospital and that the company is awaiting word on his condition.
He is a 2001 graduate of Adrian College and earned a Master's Degree in 2004 from Western Michigan University. During his time as a staffer, he served as a legislative aide for Congressman Tim Walberg and as a legislative assistant to now-retired Michigan Congressman Dave Camp.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is traveling to Washington, D.C. on Thursday (June 15) with plans to attend the Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park, a spokesman with the mayor's office said.
Walberg noted that Mika was a "wonderful asset" to the GOP baseball team, waking up early in the morning to help out "when he didn't have to".