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July 1 Philadelphia Daily News

“Andy Reid and the Virginia Beach Police Department have the same problem.

Neither knows what to call Michael Vick.

“Right now, we don’t really have a title for him,” police spokesman Adam Bernstein told the Daily News yesterday.

That’s a clear departure from Friday’s declaration.

Then, police said they had “no interest” in Vick after a shooting occurred outside of a bar/restaurant where Vick, a former Pro Bowl quarterback, had been celebrating his 30th birthday.

How much time elapsed between him leaving and the shooting early Friday morning, as well as more witness evidence, has changed that stance.

Bernstein confirmed that on Tuesday police obtained a surveillance video from the club that, according to news reports, shows Vick and his entourage left just minutes before the shooting.

Vick’s lawyer, Larry “Woody” Woodward, said Friday that Vick left the club long before the shooting. Party attendee and former Falcons teammate Roddy White insisted the same.

Complicating matters: The shooting victim has been identified by media outlets as Quanis Phillips, a co-defendant in the case that sent Vick to prison for 18 months on gambling and dogfighting convictions.

Several reports indicate that Phillips might have been ejected from the establishment, the Guadalajara, after causing a disturbance at the party, although a spokesman for the Guadalajara disputed those reports.

Now, investigators won’t characterize Vick as a suspect, a person of interest or a witness, Bernstein said. They just want more time.”

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