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Michael Vick's timeline on shooting disputed by nightclub spokesman

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Vick's attorney says the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback left the establishment at least 10 minutes before a shooting. But a spokesman for the nightclub says video footage shows a car with Vick inside leaving four minutes before the incident.

June 30, 2010|From staff and wire reports

The spokesman for the nightclub where Michael Vick held his birthday bash says the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback left in a car minutes before a shooting outside, contradicting the timeline of Vick's attorney.

Larry Woodward told the Associated Press on Tuesday that Vick left the establishment at least 10 minutes, and perhaps as many as 20 minutes, before the shooting.

Allen Fabijan, spokesman for Guadalajara Mexican restaurant and nightclub in Virginia Beach, Va., said Wednesday that time-stamped footage from a surveillance camera outside the entrance of the club shows a car with Vick inside leaving at 2:07 a.m. Friday -- about four minutes before the shooting a block away.

Fabijan said police have asked the club not to release the video to media but allowed the AP to view the grainy footage on Wednesday.

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. 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 tries 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.

Fabijan said Vick was not involved in any altercations during the hour he was inside, or immediately outside, the restaurant-nightclub.

Vick was interviewed by police on Monday. Police say Vick is not a suspect and have not released the identity of the man injured in the shooting. Woodward, however, told the AP that it was Quanis Phillips, a co-defendant in Vick's dogfighting case.

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