Matt Mika, the Tyson Foods lobbyist shot multiple times when a lone gunman opened fire at the congressional Republican baseball team’s practice on Wednesday, remains in critical condition and will require additional surgeries, his family said Thursday.
Mika, director of government relations for Tyson’s D.C. office, suffered wounds to his chest and arm, his family said. He is in the intensive care unit at George Washington University Hospital, where he underwent surgery on Wednesday. "He requires assistance to breathe and will need additional surgeries," his family said in a statement, noting his condition prohibits him from seeing visitors. He is alert, conscious and communicating through notes, his family said.
"We are grateful for the care he has received, from the first responders in the field to the world-class care here at the hospital," his family said. "We understand he is lucky to be alive and we owe it to these amazing individuals and Matt’s fighting spirit and grit. Additionally, we want to thank the Capitol Police for their heroic actions to stop the shooter before he could hurt even more people."
Mika was one of five people wounded during the shooting in Alexandria, Va., early Wednesday. A former college baseball player, Mika helps out with the GOP baseball team and was on hand Wednesday as the lawmakers prepared for a charity game against Democrats that is set for today.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was hit with a single shot that pierced his hip, injured organs and caused severe bleeding. This morning he underwent his third surgery. Also wounded were Zack Barth, a legislative correspondent in the office of Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas), and Capitol Police officers Crystal Griner and David Bailey.
The gunman was shot to death by police.