*A Virginia prosecutor says that Michael Vick was involved in a confrontation before the June 25 shooting at a Virginia Beach restaurant following his birthday bash.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Harvey L. Bryant told The Associated Press Wednesday that Vick was not the shooter, nor was he in the area at the time of the shooting.
However, Bryant said the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback was in a confrontation that “involved shouting, words passing, some bumping, then left the scene “in the 3 to 5 minute range” before the shooting.
Byrant added that investigators did not find Vick had participated 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 told the AP. “But he extricated himself from those things and left with the help and encouragement of some of his friends and supporters.”
Vick is on probation for a 2007 federal dogfighting conviction, and the NFL is investigating if his actions at the party violated the terms of his 2009 reinstatement.
Bryant said they have uncovered no evidence that Vick was involved in the planning of the shooting. But he told the Virginian-Pilot that at one point Vick emerged from a limousine to confront another person,
“In terms of just using good judgment, at one point, he got in the limousine, and should have left at that point,” said Bryant. “He got out of the limousine, and with the help of several friends, he was returned to to the limousine and left.”
Bryant, who has declined to press charges at this time against anyone in the shooting, says the case is not closed.