Family: Oakland County native wounded in congressional baseball shooting in critical condition

Family: Oakland County native wounded in congressional baseball shooting in critical condition

Before his time at Tyson, Mika worked for the The North American Meat Institute, an association representing the meat and poultry packing and processing industry, for two years, his LinkedIn profile shows.

A lobbyist for Arkansas-based Tyson Foods has been identified as one of the victims wounded in a Wednesday morning shooting at a park just outside the nation's capital in Virginia.

DETROIT (AP) - Relatives of a MI native shot during a Republican baseball practice outside Washington say he suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his chest and arm, and is in critical condition.

"Baseball is one of his great passions and he has always loved the Congressional team", his family said in a statement.

Mika has been with Tyson Foods for more than six years.

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"Matt Mika was a former staff member during my first term in Congress and has remained a close friend ever since".

Mika, of Oakland County, is the current director of government relations at Tyson Foods and was at the practice Wednesday morning.

The family said, "he is lucky to be alive" and credited the care he has received and "Matt's fighting spirit and grit". U.S. Rep. Steve Womack of the state's third district said in a statement he was "devastated" to hear about the shooting. Indeed, after obtaining a bachelor's from Adrian College and a master's from Western Michigan University, Mika worked on Palsrok's 2004 campign.

U.S. Rep. French Hill said he was at the White House when it happened.

Walberg noted that Mika was a "wonderful asset" to the GOP baseball team, waking up early in the morning to help out "when he didn't have to".

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