Indianapolis Colts star Marvin Harrison is being sued by a man who says the player shot him in the hand and body in April.
Harrison, who was never arrested or charged, is being sued by Dwight Dixon for $100,000 in damages in a suit filed in Philadelphia on Sept. 2. Police have opened up an investigation, the District Attorney’s office said Wednesday.
Dixon says he sustained “serious and permanent injuries” to his arm and body and a “severe shock” to his nervous system on April 28, reports the Associated Press. His lawsuit contends he was shot by Harrison and he was shot by someone using Harrison’s gun. That approach covers both what Dixon says happened — that Harrison pulled the trigger — and Harrison’s defense that someone else fired the player’s gun.
Dixon’s lawyer, Robert Gamburg, told The Associated Press that Harrison has admitted that his gun was used in the shooting, making the player liable because he was negligent in storing the weapon.
In late April, Dixon and Harrison had a confrontation, Gamburg said. “It apparently built up over time,” the lawyer said. “I don’t know if it actually came to blows, but certainly there were words exchanged.”
Police said the shooting occurred near a North Philadelphia car wash owned by the All-Pro receiver that is about a half mile from a bar he also owns.