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Cheney accidentally shoots fellow hunter
AP ^ | 02/11/06 | NEDRA PICKLER

Posted on 02/12/2006 12:46:46 PM PST by bayourant

Edited on 02/12/2006 2:10:43 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and injured a man during a weekend quail hunting trip in Texas, his spokeswoman said Sunday.

Harry Whittington, 78, was "alert and doing fine" after Cheney sprayed him with shotgun pellets on Saturday while the two were hunting at the Armstrong Ranch in south Texas, said property owner Katharine Armstrong.

Armstrong said Whittington was mostly injured on his right side, with the pellets hitting his cheek, neck and chest, and was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Whittington was in stable condition Sunday, said Yvonne Wheeler, spokeswoman for the Christus Spohn Health System.

Cheney's spokeswoman, Lea Anne McBride, said the vice president was with Whittington, a lawyer from Austin, Texas, and his wife at the hospital on Sunday afternoon.

Armstrong said she was watching from a car while Cheney, Whittington and another hunter got out of the vehicle to shot at a covey of quail late afternoon on Saturday.

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 found a second covey.

Whittington "came up from behind the vice president and the other hunter and didn't signal them or indicate to them or announce himself," Armstrong told the Associated Press in an interview.

"The vice president didn't see him," she continued. "The covey flushed and the vice president picked out a bird and was following it and shot. And by god, Harry was in the line of fire and got peppered pretty good."

The shooting was first reported by the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

She said Whittington was bleeding but not very seriously injured, and Cheney was very apologetic.

"It broke the skin," she said. "It knocked him silly. But he was fine. He was talking. His eyes were open. It didn't get in his eyes or anything like that."

She said emergency personnel traveling with Cheney tended to Whittington, holding his face and cleaning up the blood.

"Fortunately, the vice president has got a lot of medical people around him and so they were right there and probably more cautious than we would have been," she said. "The vice president has got an ambulance on call, so the ambulance came."

Armstrong said Cheney is a longtime friend who comes to the ranch to hunt about once a year. She said Whittington is a regular, too, but she thought it was the first time the two men hunted together.

"This is something that happens from time to time. You now, I've been peppered pretty well myself," said Armstrong.

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Associated Press writer Paul Weber in Dallas contributed to this report.


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1 posted on 02/12/2006 12:46:47 PM PST by bayourant
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To: bayourant

I'm seeing that Cheney himself was shot.


2 posted on 02/12/2006 12:47:25 PM PST by tlj18 (May Ariel Sharon arise again to lead Israel over its enemies... Thy will be done.)
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To: bayourant

Yep, there's a thread going here and on the S&W Forum.


3 posted on 02/12/2006 12:47:33 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Tijeras_Slim

omg I just saw that on fox news!


4 posted on 02/12/2006 12:48:30 PM PST by meanie monster (http://guptonator.myvideochat.net)
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To: bayourant

Oh man, this is going to be fun...


5 posted on 02/12/2006 12:48:38 PM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Hindsight is not wisdom.)
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To: bayourant

Report I got was Cheney hit a friend of his with some shotgun pellets while trying to shoot a bird. The person that was shot is ok and sitting up, so its not a bad injury.


6 posted on 02/12/2006 12:48:40 PM PST by eXe (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

S&W Forum?


7 posted on 02/12/2006 12:48:42 PM PST by M203M4
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To: bayourant

I was thinking maybe he took Howard Dean hunting. Then, I thought, "Nah, Howard Dean is the best friend Republicans could ever want".


8 posted on 02/12/2006 12:48:54 PM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: bayourant

ok confirmed by Fox. Vp shot guy with pellets by accident. The guy looks to be ok


9 posted on 02/12/2006 12:48:58 PM PST by bayourant
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To: tlj18

fox news says just his hunter friend not cheney


10 posted on 02/12/2006 12:48:59 PM PST by LynnHam
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To: tlj18

Is the gun loaded Al?
11 posted on 02/12/2006 12:49:03 PM PST by Andy from Beaverton (I only vote Republican to stop the Democrats)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Cheney shot someone?

can I buy him a beer?


12 posted on 02/12/2006 12:49:05 PM PST by eeevil conservative (Seeking to marry a RICH MALE CHAUVANIST PIG.....(Cedar Dave has admitted to being 1 of the 4))
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To: bayourant
From Yahoo New/AP

BREAKING NEWS: Vice President Dick Cheney Accidentally Shot During Texas Hunting Trip AP

13 posted on 02/12/2006 12:49:06 PM PST by Wolfstar (Someday when we meet up yonder, we'll stroll hand in hand again, in a land that knows no parting...)
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To: bayourant

fox says it was shotgun pellets, and the guy who was hit is his friend and is ok


14 posted on 02/12/2006 12:49:10 PM PST by Mount Athos
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To: bayourant

FNC is now reporting this. He was hunting with a friend, turned to shoot a bird and the friend was hit with some pellets. He is in the hospital and is awake and alert. (Just reporting what they said.)


15 posted on 02/12/2006 12:49:13 PM PST by Bahbah (An admitted Snow Flake and a member of Sam's Club)
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To: M203M4

Nevermind, got it.


16 posted on 02/12/2006 12:49:16 PM PST by M203M4
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To: bayourant

Was it Jack Abramoff? LOL.


17 posted on 02/12/2006 12:49:42 PM PST by iPod Shuffle
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard

Yes, this will be classic


18 posted on 02/12/2006 12:49:43 PM PST by WillT
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To: M203M4

http://smith-wessonforum.com/eve/


19 posted on 02/12/2006 12:50:00 PM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: bayourant

Fox News I believe said that the friend's name is Whittingham and that he is ok.


20 posted on 02/12/2006 12:50:00 PM PST by Freedom of Speech Wins
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To: bayourant
Fox News just reported that Cheney accidentally shot a friend he was hunting with and that the person shot is OK.
21 posted on 02/12/2006 12:50:05 PM PST by Wiggins
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To: bayourant

22 posted on 02/12/2006 12:50:06 PM PST by eeevil conservative (Seeking to marry a RICH MALE CHAUVANIST PIG.....(Cedar Dave has admitted to being 1 of the 4))
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To: M203M4

http://smith-wessonforum.com/eve


23 posted on 02/12/2006 12:50:15 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: bayourant

FOX is saying that there was a hunting accident and that Cheney shot someone. The injuries aren't life threatening


24 posted on 02/12/2006 12:50:17 PM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: bayourant

Yes. The VP accidentally shot a Mr. Widdington but Widdington is alert and sitting up according to the AP.


25 posted on 02/12/2006 12:50:19 PM PST by Peach (Islam is an army disguised as a religion (Freeper Hoosier-Daddy))
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To: Bahbah

Jay Leno's joke writers are set for the week.


26 posted on 02/12/2006 12:50:21 PM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: Bahbah
FNC is now reporting this. He was hunting with a friend, turned to shoot a bird and the friend was hit with some pellets.

"YOU'LL SHOOT YOUR EYE OUT! YOU'LL SHOOT YOUR EYE OUT!"

"YOU'LL SHOOT YOUR EYE OUT! YOU'LL SHOOT YOUR EYE OUT!"

"YOU'LL SHOOT YOUR EYE OUT! YOU'LL SHOOT YOUR EYE OUT!"

"YOU'LL SHOOT YOUR EYE OUT! YOU'LL SHOOT YOUR EYE OUT!"


27 posted on 02/12/2006 12:50:50 PM PST by iPod Shuffle
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Thanks, I remembered after I posted.


28 posted on 02/12/2006 12:50:50 PM PST by M203M4
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard

i can already hear the jokes by jay leno and david letterman


29 posted on 02/12/2006 12:50:52 PM PST by Stellar Dendrite (There's nothing "Mainstream" about the Orwellian Media!!!)
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To: bayourant

Search is our friend:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-gop/1577156/posts


30 posted on 02/12/2006 12:51:08 PM PST by Howlin (Why don't you just report the news, instead of what might be the news? - Donald Rumsfeld 1/25/2006)
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To: bayourant

Reports saying the man is sitting up and is okay. Sounds like pellet spray from a shotgun blast, not a direct shot.


31 posted on 02/12/2006 12:51:09 PM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Hindsight is not wisdom.)
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To: Wolfstar

Is it Cheney or the other guy?


32 posted on 02/12/2006 12:51:14 PM PST by LdSentinal
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To: mainepatsfan

LOL see #29


33 posted on 02/12/2006 12:51:16 PM PST by Stellar Dendrite (There's nothing "Mainstream" about the Orwellian Media!!!)
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To: bayourant
Good thing it wasn't the other way around.

Imagine being the guy that shot Cheney?
34 posted on 02/12/2006 12:51:17 PM PST by fanfan
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To: bayourant

"is reporting that Cheney shot some one by accident..."


Has anyone heard from Howard Dean today??? : )


35 posted on 02/12/2006 12:51:25 PM PST by Hand em their arse
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To: bayourant

Yup VP Cheney accidently shot a man he was hunting with. Breaking news on all major channels
The man is fine.
He owned the property they were hunting on here in Texas.


36 posted on 02/12/2006 12:51:31 PM PST by stopem
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To: Mount Athos

If you can't shoot your own friend then who can you shoot? ;-)


37 posted on 02/12/2006 12:51:32 PM PST by Normal4me
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
Oh man, this is going to be fun...

What does that mean?
38 posted on 02/12/2006 12:51:34 PM PST by MaryFromMichigan
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To: bayourant
Yahoo/AP corrects their first headline that VP Cheney was shot. Headline now is:

BREAKING NEWS: Vice President Dick Cheney Accidentally Shoots, Injures Man During Hunting Trip AP

39 posted on 02/12/2006 12:51:48 PM PST by Wolfstar (Someday when we meet up yonder, we'll stroll hand in hand again, in a land that knows no parting...)
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40 posted on 02/12/2006 12:51:53 PM PST by meanie monster (http://guptonator.myvideochat.net)
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To: bayourant
HEADLINE NEWS: Cheney turned to shoot a bird and accidentally sprayed 78-year-old Harry Whittington with shotgun pellets. He was "alert and doing fine."
41 posted on 02/12/2006 12:51:54 PM PST by GraniteStateConservative (...He had committed no crime against America so I did not bring him here...-- Worst.President.Ever.)
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To: Stellar Dendrite

The Daily Show folks must be giddy as well.


42 posted on 02/12/2006 12:52:11 PM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: bayourant

Oooops!


43 posted on 02/12/2006 12:52:24 PM PST by advance_copy (Stand for life, or nothing at all)
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To: M203M4

Smith and Wesson?


44 posted on 02/12/2006 12:52:27 PM PST by Mogengator
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To: fanfan

Quayle hunting at Armstrong Ranch in south Texas.
Man doing well.
No word about the bird.


45 posted on 02/12/2006 12:52:31 PM PST by GRRRRR (Demokrats. Hitliary and the ACLU are the domestic enemy)
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To: eXe

Was his name Scooter "Dead-men-tell-no-tales" Libby?


46 posted on 02/12/2006 12:52:36 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (NYT Headline: 'Protocols of the Learned Elders of CBS: Fake But Accurate, Experts Say.')
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To: Howlin

Sorry I looked down the main page and dint see any entries. I suspected if it happened it would be here


47 posted on 02/12/2006 12:52:39 PM PST by bayourant
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To: Emmett McCarthy
I was thinking maybe he took Howard Dean hunting

Howard the Duck!

48 posted on 02/12/2006 12:52:48 PM PST by feedback doctor (Socialism, the opiate of liberals)
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To: fanfan

This maybe an American History First......


49 posted on 02/12/2006 12:52:48 PM PST by cmsgop ( Yeah. Let's go get sushi and not pay !!)
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To: bayourant

Oh great - just give the liberal news vultures the best possible feed ever. And late night comedy just thanked their lucky stars.


50 posted on 02/12/2006 12:52:53 PM PST by RDTF
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