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Vikings player among 'multiple' shot at Minneapolis nightclub

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A Minnesota Vikings player was one of "multiple people" wounded in a shooting in Minneapolis' Warehouse District early Saturday morning.

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Officers were called to SoundBar nightclub, at 400 Third Ave. N., about 1:50 a.m. Saturday and found several people with gunshot wounds, according to a Minneapolis Police Department news release. Two of the victims had serious injuries and were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, where they are in stable condition and expected to survive, police say.

Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph was an innocent bystander and suffered a minor injury when he was grazed on the calf by a stray bullet, the team said in a statement Saturday. Joseph was treated and released from a hospital.

Police believe there was only one shooter but have not yet made any arrests. They are interviewing witnesses and continue to investigate, police spokesman Scott Seroka said.

Joseph was at the nightclub following Minnesota's 10-6 win over Oakland in the preseason opener Friday night at TCF Bank Stadium. Joseph started and played in the first quarter but was not credited with any tackles.

The Vikings were off Saturday from practice before they return to training camp Sunday in Mankato, Minn. Their next preseason game is Aug. 16 against Arizona at TCF Bank Stadium.

The Pioneer Press is a media partner with Forum News Service.

 

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