*Michael Vick has not been ruled out as a suspect or person of interest in the shooting at his birthday party last week — now that surveillance footage from the venue shows he was indeed in the vicinity at the time shots were fired.
Video from the Virginia Beach restaurant Guadalajara reportedly shows that the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback was not “long gone” before the shooting took place outside, as his lawyer had previously stated, but left the venue just three minutes before the shooting took place.
Guadalajara spokesman Allen Fabijan told ESPN’s Kelly Naqi that owners have given police video surveillance that shows Vick leaving the club three minutes before a gun sounded at about 2:10 a.m. last Friday.
Fabijan said police have asked the club not to release the video to media, but he allowed The Associated Press to view the grainy footage on Wednesday.
Per the AP…
Vick’s face is not discernible; a man wearing white that Fabijan said is Vick appears moving toward a parked car at 2:04 a.m. ET. A crowd quickly gathers, and Fabijan said Vick accommodated fans trying to get an autograph, to pose for a photo or to shake hands — so much so that a club security guard tried to disperse the crowd.
The waiting car pulls away at 2:07 a.m. in the direction of the eventual shooting. Numerous people are seen lingering in front of the club for several minutes until, at 2:10:55, they suddenly appear to duck for cover.
Police spokesman Adam Bernstein, who said authorities have a copy of the video, said the first 911 call was received at 2:11.
Bernstein had said previously that Vick wasn’t a suspect in the case. However, it appears the Virginia Beach police department is taking a new look at Vick after viewing the video and taking witness testimony, including Vick’s.
Fabijan said Vick was not involved in any altercations during the hour he was inside, or immediately outside, the restaurant/nightclub.
Vick, accompanied by his lawyer Larry Woodward, was interviewed by police on Monday. Police say Vick is not a suspect and have not identified the shooting victim. Woodward, however, told the AP that it was Quanis Phillips, a co-defendant in Vick’s dogfighting case.
Woodward said Vick left the restaurant at Town Center shopping center at least 10 minutes and perhaps as much as 20 minutes before the shooting.
Woodward stood by his timeline when contacted by the Daily Press.
“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 newspaper. “Anyone who says any different better be very careful.”