The Minnesota Vikings released a statement on Saturday stating that defensive tackle Linval Joseph, who was previously with the New York Giants, had been shot in the calf at a Minnesota nightclub early on Saturday morning. The team added that Joseph, who was apparently an innocent bystander, had been treated at a local hospital and subsequently released with "minor" injuries.
"Following last night’s preseason game, Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph was an innocent bystander to the shooting that took place at the 400 SoundBar in downtown Minneapolis. Linval 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. He is expected to return to his coaches and teammates this week.
"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 team will defer any further comment to the Minneapolis Police Department during its ongoing investigation," the team said in a statement.
Based on reports, the shooting took place at approximately 1:50 AM in the 400 SoundBar nightclub, and had upwards of four total victims. All were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, where two remain in serious, but stable condition.
Minneapolis police are continuing to investigate the shooting, but believe there was only one gunman. As of Saturday afternoon, no suspects are in custody, although the police have conducted a wide range of witness interviews.
Joseph, who was originally a second-round pick of the Giants in the 2010 NFL Draft, had spent his entire career with Big Blue prior to signing a five-year, $31.5 million deal with the Vikings in early March.
He is expected to return to the Vikings this coming week.
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