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Minnesota Vikings Linval Joseph Shot At Club


Linval JosephDefensive end for the Minnesota Vikings, Linval Joseph, was hit in the calf by a stray bullet at a nightclub in downtown Minneapolis early Saturday morning the team announced in a statement.

The Vikings said that Joseph was an innocent bystander during the incident that took place at the 400 Soundbar shortly before closing time. The team described the incident sustained by Joseph as minor and that he was treated at a hospital, then released on Saturday.

Joseph, in attendance with other Vikings players will rejoin the team Sunday, and is not expected to miss any more than 2 weeks of football activities according to a source to ESPN.

The gunman, according to the Star Tribune of Minneapolis, injured 9 people in the incident.

“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 said in a statement. “The team will defer any further comment to the Minneapolis Police Department during its ongoing investigation.”

Police are still looking for the shooter, who left the gun used in the shooting at the scene. The incident left 2 people seriously injured, but according to police spokesman Scott Seroka they were in stable condition Saturday and expected to survive. The other 7 injured all had minor injuries.

Joseph is expected to start this season at nose tackle for the Vikings, played with the 1st team defense in the Vikings preseason opener Friday when they beat the Oakland Raiders.

Joseph was a member of the New York Giants, stating 46 of the 48 games he played for the Giants, averaging 55 tackles and 3 sacks a season. Joseph, a member of the Giants 2011 Superbowl championship team, was brought to Minnesota to help restore Minnesota’s run defense.



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