Victor Cruz: Giants' Star Unhurt in Nightclub Shooting

Michael DixonAnalyst IIINovember 15, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 13:  Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants runs with the ball after making a reception against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on November 13, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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New York Giants' receiver Victor Cruz escaped a potentially life-threatening situation when he was unharmed in a shooting at New York City's Juliet Supperclub. 

TMZ is reporting that Cruz was not involved in the shooting in any way. One of the two victims who was hit by the gunfire was killed, while another is in stable condition.

While Cruz had nothing to do with this shooting, the Giants have been down this road before with a receiver. In 2008, then Giants' receiver Plaxico Burress accidentally shot himself in the leg while in a club. 

Cruz has caught 40 passes for 672 yards and four touchdowns this season. He is in his second NFL season. He was signed by the Giants in 2010 after going undrafted from the University of Massachusetts. 

As TMZ reported, he was at the club celebrating his birthday with friends. Cruz turned 25 on Friday. 

As of now, the gunman remains at large.

TMZ also reports that the Juliet Supperclub is a common hangout for NFL players.

As of right now, nothing more is known about the case. 

While Cruz was not involved and unharmed in the shooting, the TMZ did say that he was scared by the episode.  

This is also similar to what happened on New Year's Eve 2006, when Broncos' defensive back Darrent Williams was murdered outside of a night club.

There is no word yet on whether or not this incident was random, or if the victims were specific targets. 

As of now, there is no word on how this will impact Cruz's status for Sunday vs. Philadelphia. That likely means that he'll play.

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