The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports Whittington, then 78, was part of a quail-hunting party on a South Texas ranch with Cheney and others when the vice president accidentally shot him in the face and torso after a covey of game birds took flight. Dozens of tiny bird-shot pellets peppered his face and torso. Whittington lost consciousness and was taken to the hospital. He suffered what at the time was called a minor heart attack because some of the lead shot hit blood vessels near his heart.
Harry Whittington, the Republican lawyer shot by Dick Cheney in a hunting accident in Texas last weekend, emerged from hospital yesterday and apologised to the vice-president for all the trouble the shooting had caused. Mr Whittington, who suffered a minor heart attack when a shotgun pellet lodged near his heart, absolved Mr Cheney of any responsibility. As he was discharged from hospital in Corpus Christi, he said: "We all assume certain risks in whatever we do, whatever activities we pursue. And regardless of how experienced, careful and dedicated we are, accidents do and will happen. Mr Whittington, whose face was still bruised but who otherwise appeared healthy, said: "My family and I are deeply sorry for all that Vice-President Cheney and his family have had to go through this past week. He added: "We hope that he will continue to come to Texas and seek the relaxation that he deserves. His appearance was greeted by cheers in the Republican-dominated chamber. The vice president has already described Saturday, when the episode occurred, as one of the worst days of his life. The White House is hoping that Mr Whittington's statement will quell the uproar over the shooting and the failure to immediately report it, which have provided fodder for American comedians. That's not hunting
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The victim, Harry Whittington, a year-old lawyer, was transferred from the intensive care unit to a private room in a Corpus Christi hospital on Monday. He was listed as stable, with wounds to his face, neck, chest and rib cage from the pellets sprayed at him from 30 yards away by Mr. Cheney's shotgun. Calls to Mr. Whittington's room were routed to the hospital's marketing department, which said it was taking messages for him, but he did not return a call. Texas officials said on Monday night that Mr. Cheney would be issued a warning citation for hunting without a proper game stamp on his license. The local sheriff said an investigation had concluded that the episode was "no more than an accident. At the White House, Mr.
On February 11, , then- United States vice president Dick Cheney accidentally shot Harry Whittington , a thenyear-old Texas attorney , with a gauge Perazzi shotgun  while participating in a quail hunt on a ranch in Riviera, Texas. Local authorities released a report on the shooting on February 16, , and witness statements on February On February 14, , Whittington suffered a non-fatal heart attack and atrial fibrillation due to at least one lead-shot pellet lodged in or near his heart. Cheney did not speak publicly about the incident until February 15 in an interview with Fox News. Early reports indicated that Cheney and Whittington were friends and that the injuries were minor. Whittington later clarified that he and Cheney were not close friends but acquaintances. However, in her written statement to the Sheriff, she said that the shooting happened on February Mary Matalin stated on Meet the Press that "Somebody had talked to some ranch hand".