Ark. Tyson lobbyist injured in Virginia baseball practice shooting

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Walberg said he has known Mika, now director of government relations for Arkansas-based Tyson Foods' Washington office, since he came to work for him during his first congressional run in 2006.

Relatives of a MI native who was shot during a Republican baseball practice outside Washington, D.C., say he's in critical condition after suffering multiple gunshot wounds to his chest and arm.

Mika's family issued a statement indicating that they were traveling to Washington, D.C.to be with him, and asked the media to respect their privacy.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), two Capitol Police officers and a congressional staffer were also shot Wednesday morning while practicing for Thursday's congressional baseball game for charity.

"Baseball is one of his great passions, and he has always loved the congressional team", Mika's family said in a release. The onetime congressional staffer, who is now the director of government relations for Tyson Foods, is now in critical condition after being shot multiple times, according to his family. Scalise remains in critical condition.

Mika is a Western Michigan University and Adrian College graduate.

Mika previously was a senior legislative assistant for for U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Mich. "He's a great guy".

Tonight the MI delegation and staff will wear white ribbons for our friend & fellow Michigander, Matt Mika. Tom Cotton said "I think the best thing we can do is pray for the health and well-being" of those involved, and "pray for the skill of the EMTs, the nurses, the doctors who are going to be caring for them".

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