Tyson employee 'shot multiple times' at Virginia ballpark

Tyson Foods has confirmed that Matt Mika, an employee of the company for 6 years, was among those shot in Alexandria. (Photo: Tyson Foods)

Several people, including a congressman and two Capitol police officers, were injured Wednesday morning after a gunman opened fire at a baseball practice for a charity game in Alexandria, Virginia.

Arkansas-based Tyson Foods confirmed to Channel 7 News that Matt Mika, an employee of the company for six years, was among those shot in Alexandria.

We have confirmed that Matt Mika, director-government relations for our Washington, D.C. office, is among those who were shot this morning in Alexandria. He was taken to a local hospital and is currently listed in critical condition following surgery. Matt has worked for Tyson Foods for more than six years and we’re deeply concerned about him and his family.

Mika's family was told he was shot multiple times and was taken to an area hospital in critical condition. His family traveled to Washington D.C. after hearing the news and released the following statement:

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.

According to Mika's LinkedIn page, Mika serves as the director of government relations and handles state and federal issues involving Tyson Foods. The Western Michigan University alum also deals with issues related to the Farm Bill and the Committees on Agriculture.

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