A lobbyist for Tyson Foods was reported as one of the five victims wounded in the Washington, D.C. area shooting that targeted a Republican congressional baseball team practice.
A spokesperson for Tyson Foods told meat industry publication Meatingplace that Matt Mika, Tyson Foods director of government relations in Washington, D.C., was injured in the shooting that took place at an Alexandria, Virginia ballpark. The spokesperson said Mika was taken to a local hospital for treatment and was in critical condition Wednesday evening.
Mika, a former senior director of legislative affairs for the American Meat Institute, reportedly is a member of the GOP baseball team that was practicing ahead of a charity game Thursday against the Democrat team at Nationals Park. Also wounded were House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, Zack Barth, a legislative correspondent who works for Representative Roger Williams of Texas, and two members of the Capitol Police who protect congressional members.
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