Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
World News | By Cecilia Wilkerson

Ark. Tyson lobbyist injured in Virginia baseball practice shooting

Ark. Tyson lobbyist injured in Virginia baseball practice shooting

I've worked with Matt several issues over the years and he's a good guy.

Matt Mika's family says the MI native is in critical condition after being shot during a baseball practice for congressional Republicans. Scalise was shot in the hip; his office says the lawmaker was in stable condition and undergoing surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

DETROIT (AP) - A MI congressman who worked with a man critically wounded when a gunman attacked a Republican baseball practice outside Washington said Thursday that his former aide is driven, passionate about agricultural issues and "starting to show his feistiness again". Mika requires assistance to breathe and will need more surgery.

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Mika has been with Tyson Foods for more than six years. Paramedics informed Mika's family that he was shot multiple times and was in critical condition, according to a statement provided to local media outlets.

Mika's family credited first responders, the medical team and Mika's "fighting spirit and grit".

Matt Mika's family confirmed Wednesday afternoon he was shot multiple times in the attack in Alexandria, Virginia.

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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.

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. He played baseball as well as football at Adrian, from which he graduated in 2001.

Matt was taking part in a baseball practice ahead of Thursday's Congressional Baseball Game for Charity.

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As the two got to know each other more, Mika's love for sports - especially Detroit teams - became pretty obvious.

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