Lobbyist injured in baseball shooting now out of ICU, gets visit from Nats’ Werth

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WASHINGTON — The lobbyist injured in last week’s shooting at a congressional baseball practice is now in good condition and out of George Washington University Hospital’s intensive care unit.

Matt Mika, an executive in Tyson Foods’ D.C. office who’s being treated for multiple gunshot wounds, got a special bedside visit from Nationals star Jayson Werth.

The hospital released a photo of a smiling Mika, a former congressional staffer, holding up jersey No. 28 next to the outfielder.

James Hodgkinson, 66, opened fire June 14 at an Alexandria ball field where Republican members of Congress were gathered to practice for an upcoming charity game, critically injuring Mika and Majority Whip Steve Scalise, the No. 3 Republican in the House.

Another congressional staffer was shot in the leg and released from the hospital last week. Two Capitol Police officers were also injured during an exchange of gunfire with Hodgkinson, who was fatally shot by police.

Mika had participated in the Congressional Baseball Game for years.

Scalise, who was shot in the hip, was at “imminent risk of death” when he arrived at D.C.’s MedStar Washington Hospital Center but had improved to “fair condition” by earlier this week after a series of operations.

The FBI this week released preliminary details of its investigation into the shooting, revealing Hodgkinson fired 60 rounds from a 7.62 mm caliber SKS rifle and a 9 mm handgun and had a list with the names of six members of Congress on him when he carried out the early morning attack.

Hodgkinson had ranted on social media about Republicans and Republican policies, but hadn’t made any threats. The shooting appeared to be “more spontaneous” than planned, an FBI official said.

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