Tyson Foods executive among those shot at GOP baseball practice

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A lobbyist for Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale remains in critical condition Thursday morning after being shot at a Congressional baseball team practice Wednesday.

DETROIT (AP) - A MI congressman who worked with a man critically wounded when a gunman attacked a Republican baseball practice outside Washington said Thursday that his former aide is driven, passionate about agricultural issues and "starting to show his feistiness again". "When he got the opportunity to work for (former U.S. Rep.) Dave Camp and eventually for (U.S. Rep. Tim) Walberg, he kind of said farewell to Lansing", he explained, recalling Mika moved to the nation's capital around 2005.

His family confirms Mika was shot multiple times, suffering from critical injuries.

Mika is now Director of Government Relations for Tyson Foods.

Tyson Foods confirmed that Mika, director of government relations in the company's Washington, D.C., office, was injured and taken to a local hospital.

House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise was shot in the hip. "He's been a big part of the team for a number of years and just a great athlete, helps us frankly at second base and at shortstop".

"Matt Mika, one of the guys who helps us, is here at the hospital", Rep. Indeed, after obtaining a bachelor's from Adrian College and a master's from Western Michigan University, Mika worked on Palsrok's 2004 campign.

President Trump said Wednesday in a press briefing that the alleged shooter, identified in multiple reports as James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill., has died. Mika served as an aide to Walberg and became, the congressman said, "a well-loved nephew".

"Many have asked about Matt and what we can share about him".