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Brandon Meriweather Trying To Break Up Fight When Shooting Occurred, According To Relative

A witness of the shooting that Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather has been accused of by the victims told Bob Hohler and Steve Silva that Meriweather was not the shooter, but was instead trying to break up a fight when the shooting occurred.

The witness, a relative of Meriweather's, claims that the fight involved two of Meriweather's cousins. When Meriweather attempted to intervene, the Witness claims that Anton Massey--one of the cousins' friends--drew a gun and started firing. Meriweather, the relative says, was nearly hit in the incident, and fled when the shots were fired. 

This version of the story is in stark contrast to the claims made by the victims through their lawyer John Morgan earlier today that Meriweather was the one pulling the trigger. For what it's worth, Morgan is unwilling to say that Meriweather was responsible until the completion of the investigation.

"I have a lot of doubt about that," Morgan said. "That's what these fellas told me, but I don't assume that to be true at all. I assume nothing to be true until we get an investigation completed. Their allegation to me is ... one of the fellas was in a fight with someone else out there and their allegation is that Meriweather shot him.

While the Orange County Sheriff's Department has acknowledged that Meriweather has been identified as being present at the scene of the incident, he has not been named as a suspect.