Shots fired at truck of Viking

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The State Patrol was investigating after several gunshots were fired at a Hummer owned by Minnesota Vikings running back Michael Bennett last week, hitting it three times.

He wasn't injured, and no arrests have been made.

The shots were fired in St. Paul and Minneapolis shortly after some Vikings players had gathered at a St. Paul nightclub May 11, to apparently celebrate quarterback Daunte Culpepper's new contract extension. The players were involved in an argument with other customers later in the club's parking lot.

Bennett gave his account of what happened to a Minnesota State Patrol officer early May 12, State Patrol spokesman Kevin Smith said Tuesday.

He told the officer that four men in a dark green Dodge Intrepid fired at least one shot at his Hummer in St. Paul, Smith said.


More shots were fired, apparently from the Intrepid, at Bennett's vehicle while he was driving west on Interstate Highway 94 in Minneapolis around 1:30 a.m., Smith said.

A state trooper arrived on the scene and took Bennett's statement, Smith said. The trooper also removed two slugs from Bennett's Hummer; another slug remained lodged in the vehicle, Smith said.

Bennett "was extremely helpful and cooperative with the trooper," Smith said. The incident remains under investigation.

Vikings Executive Vice President Mike Kelly said the team has seen nothing to indicate that Bennett was "anything other than a victim."

Bennett is entering the third year of a five-year, $6.2 million contract. Bennett, who finished third in the NFC in rushing last season, made his first Pro Bowl appearance in February.

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