Vikings nose tackle Linval Joseph was one of the multiple people shot during an incident at 400 Soundbar in the Warehouse District of Minneapolis early this morning, but the team said in a statement that Joseph is OK after a stray bullet him in the calf.
Joseph was immediately taken to the hospital and was treated for his injury and released. He is expected to return to training camp in Mankato this week to be with his coaches and teammates.
“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.”
The shooting happened hours after the Vikings defeated the Oakland Raiders, 10-6, in their preseason opener. Joseph, one of the team’s biggest additions in free agency, started against the Raiders but did not record any statistics in a brief appearance.
The shooting occurred at about 1:50 a.m., according to police, who said that multiple people were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center with gunshot wounds. Two of the victims suffered serious injuries and are in stable condition and expected to survive.
The police are still looking for the gunman.
Joseph, 25, was a second-round pick of the Giants in 2010 and played his first four seasons in New York before signing with the Vikings in March.
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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
— There was a lot for Mike Zimmer to like in the preseason-opening win over the Raiders.
— QB Matt Cassel played like a veteran while QB Teddy Bridgewater looked like a rookie.
— Rookie OLB Anthony Barr made an impact with his first unofficial sack.
— Veteran S Kurt Coleman started and intercepted a pass in his Vikings debut.
— Rookie RB Jerick McKinnon impressed with a team-high 45 yards rushing.
— The Vikings and their fans enjoyed the team’s first scheduled game at TCF.
TWEET OF THE (YESTER)DAY
A win is a great birthday present! Excited to see what we can do in 2014. Thanks for all the birthday wishes everyone #skol
— John Sullivan (@JASully65) August 9, 2014
AROUND THE NFC NORTH
— Suspended Bears TE Martellus Bennett did not play in last night’s preseason game.
— Lions DT Ndamukong Suh is receptive to player safety concerns.
— Has Packers backup QB Matt Flynn’s arm gotten stronger?
TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE
After beating the Raiders last night, the Vikings have the day off. It was scheduled, so they would have gotten it regardless of the outcome. The team will resume camp in Mankato tomorrow.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
Cassel completed five of his six attempts for 62 yards last night. Bridgewater and third-stringer Christian Ponder combined for just 88 yards in three-plus quarters of action. Overall, the Vikings had 109 passing yards after accounting for the yardage they lost on six Raiders sacks. Was it the best of nights for Bridgewater and Ponder? Of course not. But is it time to panic? Nah.