Official: Vick in confrontation before shooting

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The city's lead prosecutor said last night that Michael Vick was involved in a confrontation before a shooting on June 25, following his birthday bash.

Commonwealth's Attorney Harvey L. Bryant told the Associated Press in a telephone interview that Vick was not involved in the shooting and that he left the nightclub "in the 3- to 5-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 Vick "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 last night.

Bryant, who has declined to press charges at this time against anyone in the shooting, said the victim and witnesses have not cooperated. He would not 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 be 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 was treated at a hospital and released the following day.

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

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