GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - A former Western Michigan University student out of surgery and is in critical condition since being shot during practice ahead of a charity congressional baseball game.
Matt Mika, who attended WMU from 2003-04, was shot while he and others were practicing in the morning Wednesday, June 14, in Alexandria, Va., ABC News confirms.
His family confirms Mika was shot multiple times, suffering from critical injuries. He recently was in surgery and is expected to remain in the ICU for several days. His family said on Thursday he requires assistance to breathe, but has been alert and conscious.
U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, also was shot and reportedly is in stable condition.
Shooting in Virginia: What we know
Mika graduated from Adrian College in 2001 and currently is the director of government relations with Tyson Foods, according to his LinkedIn profile.
His family provided the following statement hours after the shooting:
“Matt Mika, Oakland county native and current director of government relations at Tyson Foods, was among those shot at the Congressional baseball practice this morning in Alexandria, VA. Matt previously served on Congressional staff for Representatives Walberg and Camp, as well as serving on the staff of State Representative David Palsrok. Baseball is one of his great passions and he has always loved the Congressional team.
Matt’s family, now traveling to Washington D.C., was informed by paramedics on the scene that Matt was shot multiple times, is in critical condition, and is currently in surgery at an area hospital. We ask that the media respect our family’s privacy at this difficult time.”
Tyson Foods earlier provided the following statement to ABC News:
"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."
Mika's LinkedIn profile shows he worked as a staff member for Michigan lawmakers, including U.S. Reps. Tim Walburg and Dave Camp in the mid to late 2000s. He also was fundraising chair for a 101st State House District race in 2002.
Update: This story has been updated to reflect Matt Mika attended WMU and studied in their master's public administration and public policy program but did not receive a diploma, according to university spokeswoman Cheryl Roland.
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