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Tyson employee shot at VA ballpark 'lucky to be alive', now in serious condition

Matt Mika, the director of government relations for Tyson Foods, was shot multiple times Wednesday when a gunman opened fire at a baseball practice for a charity game in Alexandria, Virginia. (Photo courtesy Tyson Foods)

The medical condition for one of the Virginia ballpark shooting victims with ties to Arkansas has reportedly been upgraded.

Matt Mika, the director of government relations for Tyson Foods, was shot multiple times Wednesday when a gunman opened fire at a baseball practice for a charity game in Alexandria, Virginia.

According to a tweet from CNN Congressional Correspondent Phil Mattingly, Mika is now listed in serious condition at George Washington University Hospital.

Mika's family released the following statement earlier Thursday, when Mika's condition was still considered critical:

We truly appreciate the outpouring of support, love and prayers. Our family continues to be in shock and we ask for privacy while we focus on Matt and his care. Because of his condition, Matt cannot receive visitors or accept gifts in the ICU.
Matt was shot multiple times in his chest and arm and suffered massive trauma. He remains in critical condition in the ICU at George Washington University hospital. He requires assistance to breathe and will need additional surgeries. Matt has been alert, conscious and communicating through notes.
We are grateful for the care he has received, from the first responders in the field to the world-class care here at the hospital. We understand he is lucky to be alive and we owe it to these amazing individuals and Matt’s fighting spirit and grit. Additionally, we want to thank the Capitol Police for their heroic actions to stop the shooter before he could hurt even more people.
Further updates will be provided if and when Matt’s condition changes.

Mika works at Arkansas-based Tyson's Washington, D.C. office and is a Michigan native.

Four other people were wounded in the attack, including Rep. Steve Scalise, who still remains in critical condition.

The gunman, James T. Hodgkinson, was shot and killed by Capitol Police who were guarding the congressman.


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