Police: Vick Interviewed About Virginia Shooting

Police: Vick Interviewed About Virginia Shooting

Published June 29, 2010

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Michael Vick was interviewed by a detective Monday about a shooting that took place outside a nightclub where he had celebrated his birthday, a Virginia Beach Police spokesman said.

The spokesman, Adam Bernstein, said the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback is not a suspect, and no arrest has been made in Friday's early morning shooting. One man was wounded.

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Vick was accompanied on the police interview by his lawyer, Larry Woodward.

"He said he wasn't involved, he was gone before the shooting took place, and he doesn't know who did the shooting," Woodward said in a telephone interview.

Police have not identified the shooting victim, but several news outlets identified him as Quanis Phillips, one of the co-defendants in the dogfighting case that landed Vick in federal prison for 18 months. A hospital spokesman confirmed that Phillips was admitted to the hospital Friday morning and discharged that afternoon but refused to disclose his injuries, citing privacy laws.

Woodward said Vick did not invite Phillips to the party and had no contact with him there. Vick remains on three years' probation and is not allowed to associate with anyone convicted of a felony unless granted permission to do so by his probation officer.

An NFL spokesman said Monday the league is looking into the shooting and had no further comment. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reinstated Vick after being suspended for two years last July, and said at the time that Vick's margin for error would be "extremely limited."

Woodward said Vick left the club Guadalajara at Town Center shopping center at least 10 minutes and perhaps as much as 20 minutes before the shooting, which occurred just after 2 a.m. The shooting victim and witnesses at first were uncooperative, according to police, but Bernstein said detectives have now interviewed several people.

Police have said witnesses described the shooter as a black man wearing a white tank top and driving a white Cadillac Escalade.

The Thursday night party was hyped on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter as "Michael Vick's ALL WHITE 30th Birthday Bash." Tickets cost $50.

Vick, who is from nearby Newport News, was in the area conducting a football camp at Hampton University.


Written by <P>By the Associated Press</P>


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