Lawyer says Vick wasn't present during shooting outside nightclub

Michael Vick wasn't involved or present when a shooting took place outside a Virginia Beach, Va., nightclub where he had celebrated his birthday, his lawyer said Friday.

Larry Woodward, one of the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback's attorneys in his federal dogfighting case, said Vick wasn't there when the shooting took place just after 2 a.m. Friday outside the club Guadalajara at Town Center shopping center.

Virginia police said Vick is "of no interest to us" as they investigate the case, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.

At a football camp that he is holding at Hampton University, Vick was asked by a reporter Friday afternoon whether he had any comment on the incident.

"Watch what you do," Vick said. "Pick and choose your friends carefully. You just can't put yourself in vulnerable situations."

The shooting victim was taken to a hospital, but his injuries weren't life-threatening, Virginia Beach police spokesman Adam Bernstein said. However, several news outlets identified him as Quanis Phillips, one of the co-defendants in the dogfighting case that landed Vick an 18-month federal prison sentence.

Phillips, who was sentenced to 21 months in prison for his role in the dogfighting operation, was admitted to Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital overnight, health system spokesman Dale Gauding said. Phillips was discharged early Friday afternoon. Gauding said he wasn't able to discuss the nature of Phillips' injuries because of privacy laws.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league is looking into the shooting.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reinstated Vick last July after a two-year suspension and said at the time that the quarterback's margin for error would be "extremely limited."

The Eagles said in a statement that they were still gathering facts about the incident and wouldn't comment further. However, an Eagles source told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora that the team's investigation is in its early stages, but at this point, it believes Vick was "long gone before anything happened."

"We are still checking (into the incident), but that's what it looks like," the source said.

The source added that there's nothing in Vick's reinstatement agreement that precludes him from being at his own birthday party.

Vick played sparingly last season, but he's expected to take on a larger role this year after the Eagles traded starter Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins during the offseason. The Eagles picked up an option on Vick and are scheduled to pay him $5.2 million this year.

Vick also is still on three years' probation in the federal case and on a three-year suspended sentence for a state dogfighting conviction. He isn't allowed to associate with anyone convicted of a felony unless granted permission to do so by his probation officer.

It's unclear whether Phillips was invited to the party, which was hyped on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter as "Michael Vick's ALL WHITE 30th Birthday Bash." Tickets cost $50, and the party was advertised as beginning at 9 p.m and ending at 2 a.m while promising a guest list that included NBA star Allen Iverson and Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall, both natives of the area, and a host of other B-list celebrities.

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Hall said via his Twitter feed Friday that he wasn't at the party.

Vick's former Atlanta Falcons teammate, wide receiver Roddy White, was on the field with the quarterback at the football camp Friday. White said he and Vick already had left the party when the shooting took place.

"We were already gone by the time that stuff started happening, so I don't know what's going to go on with that or whatever, but we didn't have anything to do with it," White said.

Guadalajara executive partner Allen Fabijan told WAVY.com that Vick and his brother, Marcus, left in a black Mercedes just before 2 a.m. Fabijan said the Vicks' departure was captured on a security camera.

Police are still investigating, and Bernstein said the shooting victim and witnesses were being uncooperative. They did, however, describe the shooter as a black man in a white tank top driving a white Cadillac Escalade.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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