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Lobbyist Matt Mika identified as one of those wounded

Three congressmen came to George Washington University Hospital around 10:30 a.m. to visit Matt Mika, a lobbyist they said was wounded in Wednesday’s shooting.

“Matt Mika, one of the guys who helps us, is here at the hospital,” said Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Tex.). He said they had been unable to get much information about Mika’s status. “He’s been a big part of the team for a number of years and just a great athlete, helps us frankly at second base and at shortstop. He’s a great guy.”

Mika has worked as a lobbyist for Tysons Foods for more than six years and is director of government relations in the company’s D.C. office.

“We’re awaiting word on his condition,” the company said in a statement. “We’re deeply concerned about him and his family.”

The hospital said it is treating two patients from the shooting who remain in critical condition.

Brady was joined by Reps. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) and Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.). All three are roommates of Rep. Steve Scalise, who was also wounded in the shooting. The three were planning to visit Scalise at another D.C. hospital where he underwent surgery Wednesday morning.

“We know Steve is in stable condition. We just want to be there to lend him support,” Brady said. He described the surreal nature of the day: “I was at practice and had just left two, three minutes before the shooting began. Steve was out taking some grounders at second. It’s the day before the game. It’s a great, relaxed … you know what I mean? You’re getting ready for the game, taking hitting practice and then this happens.”

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(Peter Jamsion/The Washington Post)

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