Oakland County Native Among Those Shot On Virginia Baseball Field

Oakland County Native Among Those Shot On Virginia Baseball Field

The Michigan man who was among the victims of Wednesday's shooting at a congressional baseball practice near Washington, D.C. got his start in politics in Lansing.

His family said in a statement late Wednesday that they expect Mika to remain hospitalized for at least several days.

According to his LinkedIn page he has been in that position for six years.

U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot.

Mika is director of government relations for Tyson Foods.

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Rep. Kevin Brady, a Republican congressman from Texas who visited Mika at George Washington University Hospital, lauded his athleticism and team spirit.

Rep. Mike Bishop a Republican representing Michigan's 8th Congressional District, said the entire MI delegation will wear white ribbons in honor of Mika on Thursday night.

Matt Mika, a director of government relations for the company's Washington, DC, office was wounded when a gunman opened fire at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, a spokesperson told ABC News in a statement. His family released a statement saying that Mika had been shot multiple times and is in critical condition. Mika is a volunteer team coach. Our family is now here with him and we continue to ask for privacy and understanding while we focus on Matt and his recovery.

None of the members of the Arkansa delegation were attending the baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., outside the capital. Mika served as an aide to Walberg and became, the congressman said, "a well-loved nephew".

The gunman who fired on lawmakers at the GOP baseball practice has been identified as James T. Hodgkinson, 66.

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