Skip to comments.Cheney accidentally shoots fellow hunter
Posted on 02/12/2006 12:46:46 PM PST by bayourantEdited 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.
Associated Press writer Paul Weber in Dallas contributed to this report.
I'm seeing that Cheney himself was shot.
Yep, there's a thread going here and on the S&W Forum.
omg I just saw that on fox news!
Oh man, this is going to be fun...
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.
I was thinking maybe he took Howard Dean hunting. Then, I thought, "Nah, Howard Dean is the best friend Republicans could ever want".
ok confirmed by Fox. Vp shot guy with pellets by accident. The guy looks to be ok
fox news says just his hunter friend not cheney
Cheney shot someone?
can I buy him a beer?
BREAKING NEWS: Vice President Dick Cheney Accidentally Shot During Texas Hunting Trip AP
fox says it was shotgun pellets, and the guy who was hit is his friend and is ok
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.)
Nevermind, got it.
Was it Jack Abramoff? LOL.
Yes, this will be classic
Fox News I believe said that the friend's name is Whittingham and that he is ok.
FOX is saying that there was a hunting accident and that Cheney shot someone. The injuries aren't life threatening
Yes. The VP accidentally shot a Mr. Widdington but Widdington is alert and sitting up according to the AP.
Jay Leno's joke writers are set for the week.
Thanks, I remembered after I posted.
i can already hear the jokes by jay leno and david letterman
Search is our friend:
Reports saying the man is sitting up and is okay. Sounds like pellet spray from a shotgun blast, not a direct shot.
Is it Cheney or the other guy?
LOL see #29
"is reporting that Cheney shot some one by accident..."
Has anyone heard from Howard Dean today??? : )
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.
If you can't shoot your own friend then who can you shoot? ;-)
BREAKING NEWS: Vice President Dick Cheney Accidentally Shoots, Injures Man During Hunting Trip AP
The Daily Show folks must be giddy as well.
Smith and Wesson?
Quayle hunting at Armstrong Ranch in south Texas.
Man doing well.
No word about the bird.
Was his name Scooter "Dead-men-tell-no-tales" Libby?
Sorry I looked down the main page and dint see any entries. I suspected if it happened it would be here
Howard the Duck!
This maybe an American History First......
Oh great - just give the liberal news vultures the best possible feed ever. And late night comedy just thanked their lucky stars.
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