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Marvin Harrison Interviewed In Shooting Investigation
In what on the surface appears to be a rather surprising story, veteran receiver Marvin Harrison was interviewed by police about a shooting near his North Philadelphia bar this week.

According to the Associated Press, Philadelphia Police Lt. Frank Vanore said the investigation of Tuesday's shooting was continuing. Harrison has not been arrested or charged.

"He was interviewed," Vanore said Friday. "Why he was interviewed, that is all part of the investigation. No one is a suspect."

Harrison's agent, Tom Condon, insisted Friday that his client did not play a role in the incident.

"Marvin Harrison was not involved in any shooting. The report is erroneous," Condon told's Jay Glazer.

While Condon would not comment on Harrison's interview with police, he maintained that Harrison was not the subject of the investigation.

Initial reports, however, paint a somewhat different picture.

Indeed, a source close to the investigation told Anthony Gargano of Philadelphia's WIP Radio that the alleged shooting victim argued with Harrison at Playmakers bar, which the receiver has owned since 2004. The victim left and headed to his car, Harrison followed and gunfire broke out, the station reported.

The alleged victim was shot in the hand. Police came to scene, but the victim did not identify a shooter.

On Wednesday, according to the source, ballistic tests showed that the gun that had fired the shots was a custom-made Belgian weapon, and police determined that Harrison owned such a gun.

Police then went to a Philadelphia car wash owned by Harrison to question him about the gun. Harrison admitted owning such a weapon, but claimed it never left his suburban Philadelphia home.

However, the source said the gun was discovered in a bucket at the car wash, and tests showed that it had fired seven bullets that matched those found at the scene.

The source said police were contacted Friday by an attorney representing a second alleged victim in the shooting, and police are now waiting for that individual to come forward.

In a statement subsequently released by the Colts, team president Bill Polian said: "We have no credible information at this time, and we will not comment until we do."

Head coach Tony Dungy had little to say about the incident after putting the Colts through the first of three rookie mini-camp sessions.

"My phone has been ringing, too," Dungy said. "I really don't have any details. I don't know what ‘involved' means. (I) probably don't have any more information than (the media has) right now."

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told the AP the league is aware of the report and is looking into it.

It might be worth noting that before the Pro Bowl after the 2004 season, Harrison was interviewed by Honolulu police in connection with two misdemeanor third-degree assault claims and a petty misdemeanor harassment allegation after an incident involving his bodyguard and three other men.

Indianapolis Star beat writer Mike Chappell notes that parents of the alleged victims filed suit against Harrison seeking unspecified money.

In August 2006, Honolulu's Department of the Prosecuting Attorney declined to pursue any action against Harrison, citing insufficient evidence.

And as's Mike Florio reminded readers tonight, Harrison allegedly knocked a Jets' ball boy to the ground back in 2003 because Jets punter Matt Turk was kicking balls in the direction of Harrison and quarterback Peyton Manning prior to a game.

Jets radio analyst Marty Lyons reported at the time that Harrison also put his hands on the boy's neck before the two were separated.

The Jets confirmed that there was an incident, and the league said it was aware of it. But that was the end of it. ...

Both incidents might have been overblown -- much like the current situation.

Still, Gargano's reporting was based at least in part on anonymous eyewitnesses. He suggested that Harrison subjected the victim to a serious beatdown in the club before the action moved outside and the shooting occurred.

He also reported that Harrison and the victim (an apparently shady character) had been involved in an ongoing dispute. ...

Stay tuned.

As Florio so aptly summed up tonight: "Folks, Marvin is innocent until proven guilty. But unless there's an autistic cousin (or a dog with a thumb) on whom this thing can be pinned, Harrison's quest for Jerry Rice's all-time records might be derailed by something other than bad knees."