UPDATE (1:15 p.m.) – Matt Mika’s family has released a statement as they travel to Washington DC to be with their son:
“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.”
LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Among the five people shot this morning on an Alexandria, Virginia baseball field was a man with ties to mid-Michigan.
Matt Mika, a former legislative aide to State Representative Dave Palsrok, was wounded during practice for the upcoming congressional baseball game.
He is being treated in a local hospital where he is being treated for multiple gunshot wounds and is in critical condition.
Mika was serving as a volunteer coach.
Mika is currently Director of Government Relations for Tyson Foods.
According to his LinkedIn page he has been in that position for six years.
From 2007 until 2009 he was senior legislative assistant for Rep. Tim Walberg.
Congressman Walberg released the following statement after Mika was one of the victims of this morning’s shooting at a congressional baseball practice:
“Matt Mika was a former staff member during my first term in Congress and has remained a close friend ever since. Matt is a graduate of Adrian College, and as a former baseball player, he was volunteering at this morning’s practice to help the congressional team get ready for the game. This is deeply personal and Sue and I are praying for Matt as he receives medical attention. 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 horrible shooting.”
Mika is a 2001 graduate of Adrian College and earned a Master’s Degree in 2004 from Western Michigan University.
This story continues to develop and will be updated online and on 6 News.