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Congressman: Ex-aide shows 'feistiness' after shooting

Congressman: Ex-aide shows 'feistiness' after shooting

He requires assistance to breathe and will need additional surgeries.

U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman of the state's fourth district said on Twitter: "I am ok".

Mika has been with Tyson Foods for more than six years.

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. He underwent surgery and remained in the intensive care unit in critical condition.

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The family of Matt Mika, a victim of the shooting at a congressional baseball practice that left five people wounded, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, has released an update about his medical condition.

Mika previously worked on Capitol Hill for two MI congressmen, former Rep. Dave Camp of Midland and Rep. Tim Walberg of Tipton. "We are also praying and wish a speedy recovery for my friend Congressman Steve Scalise, the heroic Capitol Police officers, and everyone affected by this disgusting shooting".

As the two got to know each other more, Mika's love for sports - especially Detroit teams - became pretty obvious. Our family is now here with him and we continue to ask for privacy and understanding while we focus on Matt and his recovery.

Speaking to the Washington Post, Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas said Mika was helping the Republican team prepare for a game against the Democrats, calling him "a great guy". Indeed, after obtaining a bachelor's from Adrian College and a master's from Western Michigan University, Mika worked on Palsrok's 2004 campign. Mika was shot Wednesday morning by a gunman, identified by the Associated Press as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill.

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