WASHINGTON, D.C. – The family of a lobbyist for Arkansas-based Tyson Foods who was one of the victims wounded in a Wednesday morning shooting at a park just outside the nation’s capital in Virginia, is sharing information on his condition.
Matt Mika’s family has released the following statement:
“Matt Mika, Oakland County native and current director of government relations at Tyson Foods, was among those shot at the Congressional baseball practice this morning in Alexandria, VA. Matt previously served on Congressional staff for Representatives Walberg and Camp, as well as serving on the staff of State Representative David Palsrok. Baseball is one of his great passions and he has always loved the Congressional team.
Matt’s family, now traveling to Washington D.C., was informed by paramedics on the scene that Matt was shot multiple times, is in critical condition, and is currently in surgery at an area hospital. We ask that the media respect our family’s privacy at this difficult time.”
Earlier Wednesday, Tyson Foods also released a statement:
“Like the rest of the country, we’re shocked by this morning’s senseless shooting and are trying to learn more about status of one of our team members from our Washington, D.C. office who was there when it happened.”
“Matt has worked for Tyson Foods for more than six years and we’re deeply concerned about him and his family,” said a company spokesman.
Shortly after the shooting Wednesday morning, former Arkansas state representative Nate Bell posted the following information on Facebook:
“It appears that the DC rep for Tyson Foods, Matt Mika was shot in the chest during the baseball shooting this morning and is in critical condition. I’ve worked with Matt several issues over the years and he’s a good guy. Please pray that he’ll stabilize and make a full recovery.”
House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) was also injured in the shooting that took place as Republican members of Congress held a morning baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. He was reported in critical condition Wednesday afternoon.