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VICK CLEARED IN SHOOTING AFTER PARTY

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Police said Tuesday that Eagles quarterback Michael Vick did not shoot a man after his birthday party but they know who did, and the shooter won't be charged "at this time" because the victim has not cooperated with investigators.

The shooter is the only suspect, police spokesman Adam Bernstein said. The prosecutor's office decided not to press charges but could change its mind if the victim decides to cooperate.

Police said witnesses have been reluctant to help in the investigation of the shooting outside a nightclub just after 2 a.m. June 25. They said that because the shooter isn't being charged, he won't be identified.

The shooting took place about a block from the club where a 30th birthday party for Vick was ending. A club spokesman said video surveillance cameras positioned in front of the club showed Vick climbing into a car and leaving about 4 minutes before the shooting.

Police have not identified the victim, but Vick's attorney, Larry Woodward, said it was Quanis Phillips, a co-defendant in the federal dogfighting case that landed Vick in federal prison. Phillips was treated at a hospital and released the next day.

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Golf: The winner of next week's British Open at St. Andrews will earn $1.29 million, about $60,000 more than last year. ... David Toms has withdrawn from the British Open to rest an ailing right shoulder, and Anthony Kim pulled out as he recovers from thumb surgery. Their replacements are Ricky Barnes and Davis Love.

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