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MI native one of victims of congressional shooting

Matt Mika courtesy of Linked In via TEGNA

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. We continue to be in disbelief that he would be part of this heinous attack. He's now director of government relations for Tyson Foods Washington office.

Mika's family described him as "a very thoughtful, fun-loving person who is competitive and loyal; all things which contributed to his continued commitment to the Congressional Baseball Game".

His family has said baseball is Mika's passion.

Mika is director of government relations for Tyson Foods.

Mika previously worked on Capitol Hill for two MI congressmen, former Rep. Dave Camp of Midland and Rep. Tim Walberg of Tipton. The family says that Mika has been alert, conscious, and has been able to communicate through notes.

"It appears that the DC rep for Tyson Foods, Matt Mika was shot in the chest during the baseball shooting this morning and is in critical condition".

According to his LinkedIN profile, Mika graduated from Western Michigan.

Walberg, who is from the state's southeast side, on Wednesday expressed his prayers for Mika's recovery, among other lawmakers who came to know Mika over the course of his political career.

The gunman, identified as 66-year old James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois reportedly died from injuries he sustained after he targeted a baseball practice that included several members of Congress, staff and members of the U.S. Capitol Police, who fired back on the gunman. Rept. Jack Bergman and Rep. john Moolenaar were present during the incident.

U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman said he was not at the practice.