VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - A review of surveillance video shows NFL quarterback MichaelVick driving away from his birthday party at a Virginia Beachrestaurant last Friday just three minutes before someone fired offtwo shots.
Vick's attorney, Larry Woodward, had told reporters the NewportNews native left about thirty minutes before the shooting.
WAVY.com's Mary Kay Mallonee watched the video that surveillancecameras captured outside Guadalajara's restaurant in Town Center.The time-stamp on the video clearly shows Vick pulling away fromthe restaurant at 2:07 a.m., and then at 2:10 a.m. all theparty-goers standing on the sidewalk duck and run as they hear theshots fired.
The shooting victim is reportedly one of the co-defendants inMichael Vick's federal dogfighting trial, Quanis Phillips. The twomen are on strict probation and are forbidden from associating withother felons.
Japhari Jones promoted Vick's birthday bash and said Vick andhis brother Marcus were nowhere near the shooting. "It didn't haveanything to do with the Vicks, they were long gone before any ofthat happened," he said.
Guadalajara spokesman Allen Fabijan said that while the partyinside the restaurant went off smoothly without a single problem,the surveillance video that was turned over to police clearly showsa different timeline than offered by Jones or Woodward.
According to the time stamps on the surveillance video:
1:45 a.m.: Guadalajara's closes.
2:00 a.m.: Vick, who had remained inside the restaurant withsome other VIPs, walks out of Guadalajara's front door. He spendsseven minutes shaking hands and signing autographs for fansstanding in front of the restaurant.
2:07 a.m.: Vick, in his Mercedes, pulls away fromGuadalajara's.
2:10 a.m.: Shots are fired outside on the street.
Virginia Beach investigators have not arrested anyone. Fabijansaid at the time of the shooting, Marcus was in the back of therestaurant settling the bill.
Fabijan also said NBA player and Hampton native Allen Iversonwas scheduled to hold his own birthday bash at Guadalajara's thiscoming weekend, but the restaurant has canceled the party.
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