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Viking Among Shooting Victims At Mpls. Nightclub

By sdswanson

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A shooting inside a downtown Minneapolis nightclub early Saturday morning sent nine people to the hospital, including a member of the Minnesota Vikings.

Minneapolis Police say the shooting happened at about 1:50 a.m. at 400 Soundbar, located on the 400 block of 3rd Avenue North.

Nine people were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center with gunshot wounds, according to police. Two of the victims had serious injuries but are in stable condition as of Saturday afternoon.

A Vikings spokesperson says defensive tackle Linval Joseph was hit in the calf by a stray bullet. He was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released.

In a written statement, the spokesperson said Joseph was an innocent bystander.

“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,” said the spokesperson.

Joseph is expected to return to practice this week.

Minneapolis Police have recovered the gun used in the shooting, and believe there was only one shooter inside the club.

The suspect was targeting one person, and police think the shooting was gang-related. No one is in custody, but they say they’re investigating a lead on a suspect.

The owner of 400 Soundbar closed the club indefinitely following the shootings, according to police.

Source: CBS Minnesota

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