Police change their tune, not ready to rule Vick out as a person of interest in shooting

Michael Vick isn’t out of the woods yet. He was a person of “no interest” to police in the shooting of Quanis Phillips, but video surveillance taken the night of the incident has put his involvement in question.

Vick told police that he was “long gone” by the time the shooting took place outside a club in which he was celebrating his 30th birthday late last week. But video shows him leaving the club just three minutes before the shooting took place, which casts some doubt in what the quarterback said in interviews with authorities.

Now police don’t know what to call Vick, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. They’re not ready to deem him a suspect or even an accomplice to the shooting, but as they’re gathering more facts, they’re changing their tune in terms of whether or not he’s a person of interest.

“Right now, we don’t really have a title for him,” police spokesman Adam Bernstein told the Daily News yesterday.

“We didn’t know anything” when they were asked Friday morning about their interest in Vick’s involvement in the shooting, Bernstein said.

“Since then, we have viewed this video. And more people have come forward, giving information,” Bernstein said.

The Daily News is also reporting that Vick’s federal probation officer in Norfolk is also investigating the incident as well to see if the quarterback was in violation of his probation. So even if Vick isn’t charged by the police for having a connection in the shooting, it doesn’t mean that he will escape all punishment.

And wouldn’t that be something. It’s been roughly a year since he was released from prison and he’s already in hot water again with the law.

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Did Michael Vick lie to investigators about when he left party?

Michael Vick and his attorney may have some explaining to do about the details surrounding the night Quanis Phillips was shot.

According to Vick’s lawyer, Larry Woodward, Phillips (a co-defendant in Vick’s dog fighting case) was an uninvited guest at the quarterback’s party. Woodward also states that Vick was “long gone” before Phillips was shot in the leg, but surveillance video suggests otherwise.

From the Philadelphia Daily News:

Allen Fabijan, a spokesman for the bar-restaurant, the Guadalajara, told the Daily Press, of the Newport News-Hampton area, that the video was turned over to Virginia Beach police yesterday morning. Fabijan told the newspaper that Vick “and his entourage” were in two cars that left the front of the restaurant at 2:07 a.m. He said shots rang out 3 minutes later.

“I’m not saying that Michael Vick did the shooting. But he did not leave [long] before,” Fabijan said.

Woodward, reached yesterday by the Daily Press, said: “I stand by what I said, that Michael was long gone before the shooting, does not know who did the shooting and had nothing to do with the shooting. Anyone who says any different better be very careful.”

The plot thickens.

Vick (or more specifically, his attorney) isn’t the only one on record saying that he was long gone before the shooting, as Falcons’ receiver Roddy White also supports those claims. Could this be a situation of mistaken identity or is Vick/Woodward lying about when the quarterback left the party?

Either way, it still doesn’t mean that Vick was involved in the shooting or knows who pulled the trigger. But if video surveillance disproves his story, then this could open up an entirely new can of worms.

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More trouble for Michael Vick?

The Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that Michael Vick is not a suspect in an incident that occurred early this morning that resulted in a man named Quanis Phillips being shot outside a nightclub in Virginia. Vick had been celebrating his 30th birthday at the restaurant/club sometime before the shooting occurred.

The police have stated that they have no interest in Vick, but that doesn’t mean he won’t face punishment from the NFL. When commissioner Roger Goodell reinstated Vick last July, part of the deal was that Vick wasn’t supposed to associate with anyone from his days as a dog fighter. And Phillips was just one of the people that Vick had a close “business relationship” with when he owned Bad Newz Kennels. Goodell also announced upon Vick’s reinstatement that the quarterback’s margin for error was “extremely limited.”

Falcons’ receiver Roddy White, who was apparently with Vick earlier in the night, said that the two of them had left the party before the shooting took place. Said White: “I don’t know what’s going to go on with that or whatever, but we didn’t have anything to do with it.”

Not many details are available right now, so we can only speculate about what transpired leading up to the shooting. Maybe Phillips was there without Vick’s knowledge or arrived to the restaurant after the quarterback had left. Who knows?

But the mere fact that Vick’s name is being brought up in relation to another off-field incident is troubling to say the least. It sounds as if he did nothing wrong and wasn’t involved in the shooting. It also isn’t a crime to celebrate your birthday with your friends, although if one of those friends is an old acquaintance that helped you set up an illegal dog-fighting ring, then that’s a problem. And if Phillips was invited to the party, then Vick’s decision-making is yet again up for criticism.

Check back for more details on this developing story.

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