“Cheney’s got a gun
The whole world’s come undone
From lookin’ straight at the sun
What did the VP do
What did he put him through?”
US Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and wounded Harry Whittington during a weekend quail hunting trip in Texas, spraying the fellow hunter in the face and chest with shotgun pellets. Whittington, a millionaire attorney from Austin, was “alert and doing fine” in a Corpus Christi hospital Sunday after he was shot by Cheney on a ranch in south Texas, said Katharine Armstrong, the property’s owner.
Armstrong in an interview with The Associated Press said Whittington, 78, was mostly injured on his right side, with the pellets hitting his cheek, neck and chest during the incident which occurred late afternoon on Saturday.She said emergency personnel traveling with Cheney tended to Whittington until the ambulance arrived.
Cheney’s spokeswoman, Lea Anne McBride, said the vice president met with Whittington and his wife at the hospital on Sunday. Cheney “was pleased to see that he’s doing fine and in good spirits,” she said.The shooting was first reported by the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. The vice president’s office did not disclose the accident until the day after it happened.
McBride did not comment about why the vice president’s office did not tell reporters about the accident until the next day. She referred the question to Armstrong, who could not be reached again Sunday evening. Armstrong said she was watching from a car while Cheney, Whittington and another hunter got out of the vehicle to shoot at a covey of quail. Whittington shot a bird and went to look for it in the tall grass, while Cheney and the third hunter walked to another spot and discovered a second covey.