Tyson Foods lobbyist among shooting victims

A Tyson Foods lobbyist was among the shooting victims Wednesday at a Congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va.

"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. "He has been taken to a local hospital and we’re awaiting word on his condition. Matt has worked for Tyson Foods for more than six years and we’re deeply concerned about him and his family."

Mika is one of at least three members of the GOP baseball team who were injured in the shooting, along with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and Zack Barth, a legislative correspondent in the office of Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas). Alexandria police said a total of five people were transported from the scene for medical treatment.

GOP Reps. Kevin Brady of Texas, Erik Paulsen of Minnesota and John Shimkus of Illinois, who room with Scalise in Washington, showed up together at the George Washington University Hospital to check on Mika’s status. The hospital has said two shooting victims are there in critical condition but would not disclose their identities.

The three congressmen left soon afterward, with Brady saying their next stop was MedStar Washington Hospital Center to check on Scalise. He said he did not know Mika’s status.

"Matt Mika, one of the guys who helps us, is here in the hospital," Brady said. "I know he was wounded in the shooting."

Mika was previously a lobbyist for the American Meat Institute, according to disclosure records. He has also worked in the offices of Rep. Tim Walberg and former Rep. Dave Camp, both Michigan Republicans, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Brianna Ehley contributed reporting.


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