Tyson Foods has confirmed one of their employees was among the shooting victims Wednesday at a Congressional softball 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.
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.
His family released a statement following the shooting, and they are now traveling to Washington, D.C. The statement said that paramedics told them he was shot multiple times and is undergoing surgery.