MINNEAPOLIS - A nightclub in downtown Minneapolis will close indefinitely after a shooting injured nine people, including a Vikings player.
The Minnesota Vikings confirmed that defensive tackle Linval Joseph was shot in the calf during the shooting outside of 400 Soundbar in the early morning hours Saturday.
The Minnesota Vikings say Joseph was an "innocent bystander" and was taken to the hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released. He is expected to return to practice this week.
The Minneapolis Police were called to the 400 block of 3rd Avenue North around 1:50 a.m. Nine people needed medical attention for their injuries. Two victims suffered serious injuries and are in stable condition at Hennepin County Medical Center where they are expected to recover.
Police are looking for the shooting suspect and say the incident was gang-related.
"We have, at this time, one firearm that has been recovered and we believe that there was only one suspect involved in the shooting," said Minneapolis Police Assistant Chief Matt Clark.
Jamis Scapple, who has lived two floors above the nightclub for about one year, tells KARE that 400 Soundbar is no stranger to trouble.
"I've heard about other shootings and I've heard about other stabbings, but this is the first one I've witnessed," said Scapple.
City officials said they have worked with 400 Soundbar several times to address safety issues.
"The city has decided to close this business temporarily in the interest of public safety. City staff have worked with the owner and he has agreed to close the bar indefinitely," Mayor Betsy Hodges said.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Minneapolis Police at 612-692-8477.