Family: Michigan native shot multiple times in chest, arm

16 June, 2017, 06:12 | Author: Clay Erickson
  • Steve Scalise

A MI native has been identified as one of several people were shot and seriously injured when a gunman opened fire at a baseball practice involving Republican politicians in Alexandria, Virginia.

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 is from Oakland County and was a congressional aide to Congressman Tim Walberg, and Congressman Dave Camp before becoming a lobbyist for Tyson Foods. The hospital confirmed to TIME that one victim from the shooting remains in critical condition. Washington, D.C., office. He's worked for the company for more than six years.

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"We have confirmed that Matt Mika, director-government relations for our Washington, D.C. office, is among those who were shot this morning in Alexandria".

Mika was injured alongside House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, congressional staffer Zachary Barth, and several members on Scalise's security team. "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 frightful shooting". "He's a great guy". "Our family continues to be in shock, and we ask for privacy while we focus on Matt and his care", the family said.

He is a 2001 graduate of Adrian College and earned a Master's Degree in 2004 from Western Michigan University. He says Mika was taken to a hospital and that the company is awaiting word on his condition.

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