VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Last week, surveillance footage showed that Michael Vick hadleft the scene of his 30th birthday party just minutes before theshooting at Virginia Beach Town Center took place.
Two days later, police said that no one--not even Vick--had beenruled out as a suspect in that shooting.
Tuesday, police alerted media outlets that they had found asuspect in the shooting, and confirmed that other possiblesuspects--including Vick--had been ruled out.
But Wednesday, Commonwealth's Attorney Harvey L. Bryant revealedthat Vick had been engaged in a confrontation minutes before theshots were fired.
"The investigation shows he was not physically present when theshooting took place," said Bryant. "There were some confrontationsbetween individuals and between groups and Michael Vick wasinvolved in one of those confrontations."
"[It was] a confrontation that involved shouting, words passing,some bumping."
Back in Philadelphia, Vick said, "There should have never been aparty."
Vick had to be restrained by friends, Bryant said, who put Vickback in the limo, but he then got out to confront a person thatBryant will not identify.
"In terms of just using good judgment, at one point, he got inthe limousine, and should have left at that point. He got out ofthe limousine, and with the help of several friends, he wasreturned to to the limousine and left," said Bryant.
Police said they know who pulled the trigger near Guadalajaraafter the party, but, because uncooperative witnesses have led to alack of sufficient evidence, no charges will be filed at this time.Police also said the victim, identified as Vick's dogfightingco-defendant Quanis Phillips, has not cooperated withinvestigators.
A company has been hired to complete the repairs to the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on the Outer Banks, but how long those repairs will take remains unknown.
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.
State officials say construction on a new Bonner Bridge has been delayed for years because of a legal battle with an environmental group.