Report: Video shows Vick leaving 3 minutes before shooting
Michael Vick could face a troubling credibility issue if the video surveillance tape a restaurant has turned over to police shows the quarterback and his posse leaving only minutes before Quanis Phillips was shot last Friday morning outside Vick’s 30th birthday party.
Allen Fabijan, a spokesman for Guadalajara, the Virginia Beach, Va., establishment the party was at, said that video shows Vick “and his entourage” leaving at 2:07 a.m. Three minutes later, the tape shows a crowd ducking as shots rang out and Phillips, a co-defendant in Vick’s federal dogfighting trial, was hit in the leg.
“You can see everybody duck at 2:10,” Fabijan told the Hampton Roads Daily News. “I'm not saying that Michael Vick did the shooting. But he did not leave (long) before.”
Vick’s attorney Larry Woodward has maintained that Vick was long gone before the shooting. It was reported that Vick left the party 30 minutes before the shooting. Since, that figure seems to have shrunk in various reports.
“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," Woodward told the Daily News. “Anyone who says any different better be very careful.”
That would seem to be a not-so veiled threat at a slander lawsuit. Woodward doesn’t need his word or Vick’s word if useable video surveillance exists. Police, who have said that Vick isn’t a person of interest, should be able to tell when Vick exited and when Phillips was wounded. But if Vick has lied to police that certainly could lead to trouble with him when it comes to probation, and commissioner Roger Goodell has him on a short leash, so to speak. Fabijan also disputed reports that Phillips was led out of the party.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White, who attended the bash, vouched for Vick and said the two left long before the shooting. As Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution points out, White might want to make sure his story parallels the truth if and when the NFL comes knocking on his door looking for information. Otherwise, he could land himself in some unintended trouble trying to stick up for a guy who just can’t seem to stay out of it.
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