Tyson Foods lobbyist shot in chest during Virginia baseball shooting

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP, KTHV) – Arkansas-based Tyson Foods Inc. says one of its employees was among those shot at a congressional baseball practice Wednesday.

Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson identified the wounded employee as Matt Mika. He says Mika was taken to a hospital and that the company is awaiting word on his condition.

Mickelson says Mika is director of government relations for Tyson's Washington, D.C., office and that he's worked for the company for more than six years.

He says the company is "deeply concerned" about Mika and his family. CBS News has reported that Mika was shot in the chest. 

Based in Springdale, Arkansas, Tyson Foods is one of the world's largest producers of chicken, beef and pork.

The company released the following statement on Wednesday:

We have confirmed that Matt Mika, director-government relations for our Washington, D.C. office, is among those who was shot this morning in Alexandria.  He has been taken to a local hospital and 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.

The Republican congressional baseball team was practicing on a suburban Virginia field Wednesday when James T. Hodgkinson of Illinois opened fire. 

Capitol Police officers were at the practice when the shooting began and quickly returned fire, spokesman Matthew Verderosa said. Alexandria Chief Michael Brown said his officers arrived three minutes after the first emergency call came in at 7:09 a.m. ET, and two of them joined the gunfight.

Alexandria Chief Michael Brown said five people received medical transport from the scene. 

 

 

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