Minnesota Vikings player shot 4 times, agent says he was 'innocent bystander'

He's "expected to make a full recovery," the Vikings said.

June 22, 2021, 12:12 PM

Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman was shot in his hometown of Washington, D.C., on Monday, suffering non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Twyman, a Vikings rookie who played at the University of Pittsburgh, was in his car heading to visit his aunt when he was shot four times, said his agent Drew Rosenhaus.

PHOTO: Pitt Panthers defensive lineman Jaylen Twyman (97) fights through a block during the Quick Lane Bowl game between the Pitt Panthers and the Eastern Michigan Eagles, Dec. 26, 2019, at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.
Pitt Panthers defensive lineman Jaylen Twyman (97) fights through a block during the Quick Lane Bowl game between the Pitt Panthers and the Eastern Michigan Eagles, Dec. 26, 2019, at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.
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The 21-year-old was one of four men injured in the shooting just after 5 p.m., the Metropolitan Police Department said. All of their injuries were non-life-threatening, police said.

Twyman "was an innocent bystander," Rosenhaus told ABC News via email Tuesday.

PHOTO: Jaylen Twyman
Jaylen Twyman
NFL

"Jaylen is recovering and feeling better," Rosenhaus said. "He will be released from the hospital in a few days and is expected to be healthy enough in time to play football this season."

The Vikings said in a statement Monday, "We have been in direct contact with Jaylen and his family, and we are extremely thankful Jaylen is expected to make a full recovery."

Police are looking for a car of interest caught on a nearby surveillance camera.

PHOTO: Vehicle of interest in shooting of Jaylen Twyman.
Vehicle of interest in shooting of Jaylen Twyman.
Metropolitan Police Department

Police ask anyone with information to call 202-727-9099. A reward up to $10,000 is available.

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