Linval Joseph, a defensive tackle with the Minnesota Vikings, was apparently in the wrong place at the wrong time Friday night follow his team’s 10-6 preseason victory over the Oakland Raiders. The fifth-year pro was hit in the calf by a stray bullet during a nightclub shooting in downtown Minneapolis.
Saturday afternoon the team released this statement:
Following last night’s preseason game, Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph was an innocent bystander to the shooting that took place at the 400 SoundBar in downtown Minneapolis. Linval suffered a minor injury during the shooting when a stray bullet struck his calf. He was immediately taken to the hospital where he was treated for his injury and released. He is expected to return to his coaches and teammates this week.
Joseph spent his first four seasons with the Giants before signing on with the Vikings. Minnesota expects him back at practice next week.
According to the Star-Tribune the shooting took place around 1:50 a.m. The paper writes “multiple” people were taken to the hospital, including two in serious but stable condition.