In this file:
· Tyson employee shot at VA ballpark 'lucky to be alive', now in serious condition
· Family: Tyson Foods' Matt Mika Remains in Critical Condition
· FBI: 9-mm handgun and a 7.62-caliber rifle recovered at scene of baseball practice shooting
· Virginia shooting victim planned to attend CWS
Tyson employee shot at VA ballpark 'lucky to be alive', now in serious condition
by Sarah Chaffin, KATV Little Rock (AR)
June 15th 2017
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (KATV) — The medical condition for one of the Virginia ballpark shooting victims with ties to Arkansas has reportedly been upgraded.
Matt Mika, the director of government relations for Tyson Foods, was shot multiple times Wednesday when a gunman opened fire at a baseball practice for a charity game in Alexandria, Virginia.
According to a tweet from CNN Congressional Correspondent Phil Mattingly, Mika is now listed in serious condition at George Washington University Hospital.
Update on Matt Mika - He is now listed as in serious condition, per GW Hospital. Previously he was critical, so that's good news.
3:21 PM - 15 Jun 2017
Mika's family released the following statement earlier Thursday, when Mika's condition was still considered critical:
We truly appreciate the outpouring of support, love and prayers. Our family continues to be in shock and we ask for privacy while we focus on Matt and his care. Because of his condition, Matt cannot receive visitors or accept gifts in the ICU.
Matt was shot multiple times in his chest and arm and suffered massive trauma. He remains in critical condition in the ICU at George Washington University hospital. He requires assistance to breathe and will need additional surgeries. Matt has been alert, conscious and communicating through notes...
Family: Tyson Foods' Matt Mika Remains in Critical Condition
by Sam Hoisington, Arkansas Business
Jun. 15, 2017
A lobbyist for Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale remains in critical condition Thursday morning after being shot at a Congressional baseball team practice Wednesday.
Matt Mika, director of government relations in the meat processor's Washington office, was shot when a gunman fired upon a group of congressmen practicing for an upcoming charity-benefit baseball game. Mika, a former college baseball and football player, was helping coach the practice, his family has said.
According to his family, Mika was shot multiple times in his chest and arm and "suffered massive trauma." Although he needs assistance to breathe and will need additional surgeries, Mika has been conscious and communicating through notes, the family said.
Five people were reported to have been taken to area hospitals as a result of the shooting, including the suspected gunman, who died...
FBI: 9-mm handgun and a 7.62-caliber rifle recovered at scene of baseball practice shooting
by Alex Pappas, Washington Examiner
Jun 15, 2017
A 9 mm handgun and a 7.62 caliber rifle were identified by law enforcement as the weapons used to shoot at lawmakers, staffers and police officers at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park on Wednesday.
The FBI said in a joint statement with federal, state and local law enforcement partners Thursday they are continuing to investigate James Hodgkinson as the single attacker in the shooting that critically injured House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. Hodgkinson was killed after a shootout with Capitol Police officers.
Law enforcement recovered the weapons at the scene.
"We currently have no evidence to suggest that the purchases were not lawful," the statement said.
The FBI said authorities are investigating Hodgkinson's activities and social media postings in the months leading up the attack...
Virginia shooting victim planned to attend CWS
"It just seems so unreal even now."
Andrew Ozaki, Lincoln Bureau Chief, KETV Omaha
Jun 15, 2017
LINCOLN, Neb. —
As players and fans arrive in Omaha for the College World Series, one of the game's biggest fanatics won't be there this year.
Matt Mika was supposed attend Sunday's games.
Now, he's fighting for his life.
"We were supposed to meet up Sunday night for dinner," said Korby Gilbertson, who has known Mika for the past six years.
Gilbertson is a lobbyist with Radcliffe and Associates.
One of their clients is Tyson Foods, where Mika was the government affairs director.
"I got to talk to him often and we got to know each other and enjoyed trading barbs and things like that," Gilbertson said.
On Wednesday, Mika, a former collegiate baseball and football player, was at the Congressional charity baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, and was shot several times in the chest and arm.
"He was volunteering on the team and he was actually pitching on the pitcher's mound when the gunman came on to the field so he was without any protection," Gilbertson said.
Republican Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise and four others were also wounded...