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Lobbyist Injured in the Virginia Shooting Is in Critical Condition, Family Says

Jun 14, 2017

A lobbyist was one of the five victims hurt in a shooting during a practice for a congressional baseball game on Wednesday morning and is in the intensive care unit after undergoing surgery, according to his family.

Matt Mika, a lobbyist for Tyson Foods and the company's government relations director, was shot multiple times in the attack, according to his family, who traveled Washington D.C. to be with him.

Although he is out of surgery, he remains in the intensive care unit, where his family, who is asking for privacy, expects he will stay for several days.

"While the attack today was a terrible surprise, Matt’s presence on the ball field, helping longtime colleagues and friends was not," his family said in a statement. "He is a very thoughtful, fun-loving person who is competitive and loyal; all things which contributed to his continued commitment to the Congressional Baseball Game.”

Mika, a former congressional aide, is being treated at George Washington University Hospital, the Washington Post reported. The hospital confirmed to TIME that one victim from the shooting remains in critical condition.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was also injured in the shooting, was also in critical condition on Wednesday afternoon. Scalise is undergoing treatment at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

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