House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and four others were treated at local hospitals Wednesday after a gunman opened fire on a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., on Wednesday morning.
Congressional staffer Zack Barth, lobbyist Matt Mika, and Capitol Police officers David Bailey and Crystal Griner also received medical treatment following the shooting. The gunman, identified by a law enforcement source as James T. Hodgkinson of Illinois, died.
Here are brief biographies of the people injured in Wednesday’s shooting:
Scalise, 51, is a fifth-term congressman who serves as the top vote counter for House GOP leadership. He’s married with two children, and he hails from Louisiana. He’s known as a booster for his state, recommending restaurants to visiting staffers or reporters.
A longtime Republican, Scalise was a member of the College Republicans at Louisiana State University and volunteered for George H.W. Bush’s 1988 presidential campaign. As a child, he urged neighbors to vote, according to a “Politics in America” almanac profile.
On the Hill, he was once considered one of the more conservative members of the conference, backing spending cuts and gun rights. Scalise also used his perch to advocate for Louisiana in 2010 after the BP oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, the largest oil spill in U.S. history. He sponsored legislation giving fines related to the spill to coastal states to rebuild.
In 2012, Scalise was elected head of the Republican Study Committee, a group of conservative lawmakers. In 2014, when then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-Va.) loss in a primary triggered a leadership shuffle, Scalise won his current spot as whip, buoyed by southern Republicans who wanted to see one of their own in leadership.
Barth has worked for Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas) since last year. He’s the congressman’s "legislative correspondent." He previously worked for former Rep. Randy Neugebauer as both a staff and policy assistant, before joining Williams’ office in September, according to legislative records.
Barth spent a portion of the presidential election working for Jeb Bush‘s campaign as an intern.
Per his LinkedIn profile, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2015, doing internships for a Houston official, the governor’s office, and in Rep. John Culberson’s (R-Texas) Houston office. After the campaign, during which he worked in Miami, New Hampshire and South Carolina, Barth moved to Washington to work in the House.
Williams tweeted Wednesday that Barth was "receiving medical attention but is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery."
Mika, a lobbyist for Tyson Foods, suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and was said to be in the intensive care unit at a Washington hospital, where friends were keeping vigil on Wednesday afternoon, several sources familiar with the situation told POLITICO. His family said he has been listed in critical condition.
Mika, a former baseball player, was helping the Republican team prepare for Thursday’s game, said his former boss Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.). Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) said Mika had been part of the team for several years and helped at second base and shortstop. “Baseball is one of his great passions and he has always loved the Congressional team,” his family said in a statement.
Mika is a 2001 graduate of Adrian College in Adrian, Mich. He received a master’s degree in public administration and public policy from Western Michigan University in 2004. He started on Capitol Hill in 2005 as a legislative assistant for former Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), and joined Walberg’s staff in 2007. He served as the congressman’s lead staffer on the House Agriculture Committee, according to Mika’s LinkedIn profile.
After Walberg lost a reelection bid in 2008, Mika went to lobby for the North American Meat Institute. He joined Tyson Foods in 2011, where he works on livestock issues ranging from the organic sector to regulations related to fair competition in the meat industry.
Bailey, per his LinkedIn profile, has worked for the Capitol Police since 2008. He also worked a stint for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Bailey is a 2007 graduate of North Carolina Central University and, according to his Facebook page, is a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, though it says he attended high school in Brandywine, Md., not far from Washington.
On his LinkedIn profile, Bailey lists his Capitol Hill responsibilities as enforcing traffic regulations, preventing criminal activity and protecting members of Congress and their families.
Bailey was treated and released after sustaining a minor injury during the incident, Capitol Police Chief Matthew R. Verderosa said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.
Verderosa said Griner was in good condition in the hospital after being shot in the ankle Wednesday morning.
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who was at the practice, told CNN that Griner was shot and went down early in the incident, which occurred shortly after 7 a.m.
"There could have easy been 25 deaths or more today," said Williams, who was also on the scene. "Officers Griner and Bailey prevented that. My family will be forever grateful."
Hood College, a liberal arts school in Frederick, Md., said on Facebook on Wednesday that Griner was a 2006 graduate.