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Mpls. Police Looking for Suspect after Vikings Player, 8 Others Hurt in Nightclub Shooting

Updated: 08/10/2014 4:26 PM
Created: 08/09/2014 5:14 AM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart

Minneapolis police are investigating a shooting inside of a downtown nightclub, which injured nine people early Saturday, including a Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle.

Linval Joseph went to the 400 Soundbar nightclub sometime after Minnesota's 10-6 win over the Oakland Raiders in the preseason opener Friday night at TCF Bank Stadium. He was shot in the calf, according to a team statement, which also described him as an innocent bystander and the injury as minor.

Two people with serious injuries were in stable condition Saturday and expected to survive, said police spokesman Scott Seroka. He didn't know the exact condition of the other seven but described most as having minor injuries.

Police are still looking for the shooter, who they believe acted alone. The shooting was not considered random and police said in a news conference one of the victims was the intended target of the shooter. Police believe the shooting was gang related.

A firearm has been recovered. Seroka said more information should be released Monday.

Anyone with information is asked to come forward.

The Vikings said their thoughts were with the victims and that they were "extremely thankful" that Joseph was not seriously hurt. Joseph is expected to rejoin his coaches and teammates at training camp that will resume Sunday, the team said. Joseph likely won't be able to practice for several days. Vikings players had Saturday off.

Joseph is a nose tackle who signed a five-year contract with the Vikings worth as much as $31.5 million, with $12.5 million guaranteed. He's being counted on as a key cog in new coach Mike Zimmer's defense.

Joseph spent his first four NFL seasons with the New York Giants, starting 46 of 48 games and averaging 55 tackles and three sacks over the last three years. He was also part of the 2011 Super Bowl championship team.

The owner of Soundbar said the nightclub is closed indefinitely. Safety protocols were in place and security is unsure how the gun got into the nightclub.

The nightclub was operating under a series of license conditions, which required heightened security and other measures, according to Mayor Betsy Hodges.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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