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Police interview Colts star receiver about shooting

AP , PHILADELPHIA

Indianapolis Colts star receiver Marvin Harrison was interviewed by police about a shooting near his North Philadelphia car wash this week.

Lieutenant Frank Vanore said the investigation of Tuesday’s shooting was continuing. The NFL star has not been arrested or charged.

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

Vanore told WCAU-TV the shooting occurred near 25th and Thompson streets, near a car wash owned by Harrison and not far from a bar also owned by the All-Pro receiver.

Earlier, radio station WIP, citing unidentified sources, reported the alleged shooting victim argued with Harrison at Playmakers bar.

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 and did not identify the shooter, according to the radio station.

Varone also said a child was hit in the eyes by broken glass, but was treated and released from a hospital.

Harrison has owned Playmakers since July 2004, according to state records.

Harrison’s agent, Tom Condon, denied the player was involved in the shooting.

“I’ve spoken with Marvin and I’ve spoken with his attorney, and they say the reports are erroneous,” Condon told ESPN. “Marvin was not involved in any shooting, and he is not the subject of this investigation.”

After the first day of their rookie minicamp, Colts coach Tony Dungy said he knew little more than had been reported.

“My phone has been ringing, too, but I don’t have any details,” Dungy said. “I really don’t have any more information than you do.”

Colts team president Bill Polian said in a statement the team would withhold comment until it got more information.

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

A source told WIP that ballistic tests showed the shots were fired from a custom-made Belgian weapon, and police determined Harrison owns that kind of gun.

Police questioned Harrison about the gun, the station said. He acknowledged owning such a weapon, but told officials it never left his suburban Philadelphia home, the radio station reported.

The source told the station a gun was discovered in a bucket at the car wash, and tests showed it had fired bullets that matched those at the scene.

Harrison has played his entire 12-season career with the Colts and is the franchise’s record-holder in every major receiving category. The 35-year-old is one of only four players in league history to top 1,000 receptions.

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