Vick in Confrontation Before Shooting: Prosecutor

Thursday, Jul 8, 2010  |  Updated 11:00 AM EDT
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Michael Vick was involved in a confrontation before a shooting following his birthday bash, Virginia Beach’s lead prosecutor said Wednesday.

Commonwealth's Attorney Harvey Bryant told The Associated Press Wednesday night in a telephone interview that Vick was not involved in the shooting and that he left the nightclub “in the three to five minute range” before it occurred.

Bryant would not go into detail about the confrontation, but said there was no evidence the Eagles quarterback was involved in “anything that would amount to aggressive or assaultive conduct.”

“He's an athlete and an entertainer, but he's also a human being, and things that would tick you and I off would tick him off,” Bryant said. “But he extricated himself from those things and left with the help and encouragement of some of his friends and supporters.”

Police have said Vick was not the shooter. Bryant said the investigation also shows that the Eagles backup QB “was not aware of whether or not anyone was going to be shot, was threatened to be shot or anything to do with any of that business.”

Neither Vick's attorney, Larry Woodward, or his agent, Joel Segal, returned phone messages to the AP Wednesday.

Bryant, who has declined to press charges at this time against anyone in the shooting, said the victim and witnesses have not cooperated. He wouldn’t confirm a police statement made Tuesday that they know who the shooter is, but did say that the case remains open.

The victim has not been identified by police, but Woodward, said it was Quanis Phillips -- a co-defendant in the federal dogfighting case that landed Vick in federal prison. Phillips, who Woodward said was not invited to the party and did not interact with Vick while there, was treated at a hospital and released the following day.

The shooting occurred a block away from the nightclub where Vick was celebrating his 30th birthday.

Detectives in the case interviewed Vick a few days later.

“He has sat down with Virginia Beach detectives and answered all their questions and, in our view, has been cooperative ... and I should say cooperative and truthful,” Bryant said.

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