16 June, 2017
Matt Mika, a 2004 graduate and recipient of a master's in public administration and public policy, was shot while he and others were practicing in the morning Wednesday, June 14, in Alexandria, Va., ABC News confirms. His family released a statement Thursday saying he suffered "massive trauma", needs breathing assistance and will need more surgery.
This undated photo released by Tyson Foods company shows Matt Mika.
Scalise is recovering from emergency surgery after being shot in the hip. Matt Mika, director of government relations for Tyson Foods, is one of several injured by an IL gunman. He's in intensive care at George Washington University Hospital.
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Matt Mika's family confirmed Wednesday afternoon he was shot multiple times in the attack in Alexandria, Virginia.
A Tyson Foods lobbyist is among the five people shot at a GOP congressional baseball practice early Wednesday, according to a report. "We are also praying and wish a speedy recovery for my friend Congressman Steve Scalise, the heroic Capitol Police officers, and everyone affected by this awful shooting". The family says "baseball is one of his great passions".
Mika was serving as a volunteer coach.
"We appreciate the outpouring of support for Matt and please ask that you keep him, his family and everyone affected by this senseless act of violence in your thoughts and prayers". U.S. Rep. Steve Womack of the state's third district said in a statement he was "devastated" to hear about the shooting. He played baseball as well as football at Adrian, from which he graduated in 2001.