Dick Cheney's Hunting Accident

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"Just before sunset Saturday, 78-year-old Austin [millionaire civil attorney] Harry Whittington pulled off 'a double': bringing down two quail with two successive blasts from his shotgun," Larry Elder and Sarah Coppola, wrote in the February 13, 2006, Austin American Statesman. "One of Whittington's hunting companions, Vice President Dick Cheney, wasn't as accurate."

"A few minutes later, Cheney accidentally shot Whittington, according to Pamela Willeford, the U.S. ambassador to Switzerland, who was hunting with the pair on the 50,000-acre Armstrong Ranch in South Texas ... [spraying] Whittington with birdshot across his face, shoulder and chest," Elder and Coppola wrote.

Whittington suffered a mild heart attack on Tuesday, February 14, 2006, "after a shotgun pellet in his chest traveled to his heart," according to doctors at Christus Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi-Memorial. "Whittington was immediately moved back to an intensive care unit and will be watched for a week to make sure more pellets do not move to other vital organs. He was reported in stable condition." [1]

The news first appeared on the website of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times after ranch owner and lobbyist, Anne Armstrong, reported the incident on February 12, 2005.

External links

From the White House Briefings

Cheney on Fox News February 15, 2006

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