|Friday, April 25
Updated: April 28, 8:11 PM ET
Police want to interview Iverson again
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Allen Iverson might have escaped a situation more serious than originally thought.
According to a report in the Philadelphia Inquirer, city detectives said Thursday that shots fired outside a Philly nightclub last week were also meant for the Sixers star.
"We believe he was part of the target. The group he was in," Police Capt. Thomas J. Quinn told reporters Thursday. "We believe he's part of the target. Is he specifically the target? We don't know for sure, but if I'm standing in a group of four people and somebody fires two shots at me, I'm considering myself a target."
Police also announced at the news conference that a warrant was issued for a suspect in the shooting, 24-year-old Carlos Perez.
The shooting happened on April 14. Iverson and some friends were walking outside near a nightclub called Glam, and some words were exchanged "about basketball players," Quinn said. Perez and members of Iverson's entourage, possibly AI himself, exchanged more words and it resulted in shots being fired.
"So the conjecture is, is that the intended target was the group, and maybe even Mr. Iverson himself," Quinn told the newspaper.
Police also said Perez fired two shots from a silver 9mm semiautomatic pistol, one of which struck Larry Robinson, 46, in the left leg.
Robinson managed to get into Iverson's 2000 silver Bentley and drive himself to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he underwent surgery and was later reported in stable condition. Police said he was later discharged.
Iverson visited Robinson a short period after the shooting, and the Sixers star briefly spoke to police, who excused him. But detectives now want to interview him again.
"We're waiting to hear back from his attorney," Quinn told the newspaper. "We expressed an interest in interviewing him as a complainant/possible witness. Just to get a statement from him. What he saw, didn't see, or what happened. Period."
Sgt. Joseph Motto, of Central Detectives concurred that Iverson hadn't been formally interviewed.
"We've never had a conversation with Mr. Iverson. We have contacted the league through their security, and we have requested through the NBA league that Mr. Iverson contact us, as a complainant or witness," Motto said Thursday.