Tyson Foods Employee Injured In Virginia Baseball Field Shooting

Steve Scalise

Thirty-eight-year-old Matt Mika was among several people wounded when a gunman opened fire Wednesday as a congressional baseball team practiced in Alexandria, Virginia.

"Baseball is one of his great passions and he has always loved the Congressional team", his family said in a statement.

Mika is from Oakland County and was a congressional aide to Congressman Tim Walberg, and Congressman Dave Camp before becoming a lobbyist for Tyson Foods.

Republican Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana remained in critical condition late Wednesday at MedStar Washington Hospital, and he will also require more surgeries, according to a hospital statement. Matt Mika, director of government relations for Tyson Foods, is one of several injured by an IL gunman.

Tyson has released an updated statement that reads " 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.


Scalise, a member of the House Republican leadership as the majority whip, appeared to have been shot in the hip.

Mika's friend and former colleague David Palsrok, a former MI state representative, talked to Mika's brother in law on Wednesday. "He's a great guy".

Brady told the Post that they had not been able to get much information on Mika's status. Tom Cotton said "I think the best thing we can do is pray for the health and well-being" of those involved, and "pray for the skill of the EMTs, the nurses, the doctors who are going to be caring for them". He played baseball as well as football at Adrian, from which he graduated in 2001.

The gunman who fired on lawmakers at the GOP baseball practice has been identified as James T. Hodgkinson, 66.

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