Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph was shot in the calf at the 400 SoundBar in downtown Minneapolis after Friday night’s preseason opener.
The Vikings called Joseph an “innocent bystander to the shooting” in a statement released by the team.
According to the statement, Joseph suffered a “minor injury during the shooting when a stray bullet struck his calf. He was immediately taken to the hospital where he was treated for his injury and released.”
The Vikings expect the starting nose tackle to rejoin his teammates this week. The Vikings return to training camp in Mankato on Sunday, with practice Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday before the team’s second preseason game at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday night.
“The entire Vikings organization is extremely thankful that Linval was not seriously hurt, and our thoughts are with all of the victims of this shooting,” the Vikings said in a statement. “The team will defer any further comment to the Minneapolis Police Department during its ongoing investigation.”
According to the Star Tribune, police are looking for a lone gunman who shot “multiple victims,” with two of them incurring serious injuries but were in stable condition. No one was in custody as of noon Saturday. The nightclub owner told the Star Tribune that there were no fights leading up to the shooting.
“Suddenly, a person just pop, pop, pop,” club owner Johann Sfaellos told the Star Tribune. “The whole thing was surreal. It was out of the blue. It was a normal night, nice party, nice crowd. And then some guy started shooting. No arguments, no nothing.”
Joseph was the Vikings’ biggest free-agent acquisition this offseason, signing a five-year, $31.25 million contract that includes $12.5 million in guarantees.
Joseph started Friday night’s preseason opener and played in nine plays before giving way to the second-team defense.
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