Family: Michigan native shot multiple times in chest, arm

Alejandro Massey
June 16, 2017

Tyson Foods employee Matt Mika was shot in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday morning at the scene of a Congressional baseball practice and was listed in critical condition.

Three Republican members of Michigan's congressional delegation were among lawmakers who were practicing baseball when a gunman opened fire at the field in suburban Washington. A public event that had been scheduled for President Trump at the Labor Department on Wednesday afternoon was canceled.

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.

"He is grateful for the courageous actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues", Scalise's office said in a statement. The family says that Mika has been alert, conscious, and has been able to communicate through notes.

In a statement, Tyson Foods told the Washington Post, "We're awaiting word on his condition. Matt has worked for Tyson Foods for more than six years and we're deeply concerned about him and his family".

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House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise was shot in the hip.

U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee of Genesee County was at a different baseball practice for Democrats. "We have connections all over the place", Worthams said.

Although police say it is too early to declare a motive for the shooting, there are indications that the attack was motivated by extremist political views. "Thank you to Capitol Police and the detail who bravely took action this morning".

In their statements on Twitter, Crawford and Womack asked for prayers for the victims. "There are a lot of people who care for him".

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