Cops Probe Britney BB Gun Incident

UPDATED 08/09/2005 at 07:45 AM EDT Originally published 08/08/2005 at 09:00 AM EDT

Cops Probe Britney BB Gun Incident
Britney Spears's baby shower
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Police plan to investigate an incident in which a photographer was shot with a BB gun while staking out Britney Spears over the weekend.

The paparazzo, Brad Diaz, was hit in the leg Saturday night outside a Malibu home where he was tracking a baby shower for Spears, authorities say.

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Photographer Brad Diaz

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"Because of the media attention, we'll probably put this on the front burner to settle the whole thing," sheriff's Sgt. Robert Knudson told the Associated Press on Monday.

Diaz claimed the shot came from the direction of the home, Knudson said. Spears's bodyguards told authorities they weren't involved in the incident. A detective will be assigned to the case Monday, authorities said.

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Over the weekend, sheriff's Lt. Steve Smith said the identity of the BB gunman was unclear. "It could've been somebody driving by, walking by, we have no idea where it came from. "

Smith initially said the home belonged to Spears, but said deputies later learned that it belonged to someone else and that Spears is a frequent guest. He did not identify the owner.

There has been no comment from the Spears camp, but a photo of the shower in Monday's New York Daily News shows a smiling Spears among such guests as her mother Lynne, sister Jamie Lynn and, according to the photo caption, hubby Kevin Federline's two young children from his previous relationship with Shar Jackson.

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