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    WASHINGTON (Feb. 12) - Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and wounded a companion during a weekend quail hunting trip in Texas, spraying the fellow hunter in the face and chest with shotgun pellets.

    Harry 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.

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

    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.


    "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."
    -Katharine Armstrong, ranch owner

    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.

    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.

    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 said.

    "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."

    Whittington has been a private practice attorney in Austin since 1950 and has long been active in Texas Republican politics. He's been appointed to several state boards, including when then-Gov. George W. Bush named him to the Texas Funeral Service Commission.

    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, owner of the Armstrong Ranch where the accident occurred, said Whittington was bleeding and Cheney was very apologetic.

    "It broke the skin," she said of the shotgun pellets. "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."

    "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."

    Cheney is an avid hunter who makes annual hunting trips to South Dakota to hunt pheasants. He also travels frequently to Arkansas to hunt ducks.

    Armstrong said Cheney is a longtime friend who comes to the ranch to hunt about once a year and is "a very safe sportsman." 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.

    The 50,000-acre Armstrong ranch has been in the influential south Texas family since the turn of the last century. Katharine is the daughter of Tobin Armstrong, a politically connected rancher who has been a guest at the White House and spent 48 years as director of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. He died in October. Cheney was among the dignitaries who attended his funeral.




    thats an experienced hunter alright... you put him in a feild that has been stocked with birds and he still shoots his partner

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    Originally posted by ct2
    thats an experienced hunter alright... you put him in a feild that has been stocked with birds and he still shoots his partner
    You obviously missed this part:

    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 said.

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    He was a lawyer..................

































    ........'nuff said.
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    I;m sure it had something to do with Robo and Haliburton,

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    Who among us has not taken a couple of six packs to the woods and peppered a friend with bird shot?

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    I think Armstong said he's been peppered pretty good in the past by Cheney too.

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    Like I said...Shootin' lawyers is sport in TX.
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    Will be next reason given for price of oil going up
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    ah lawers,theres no limit ..but they are a b1tc# to clean.

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    madeinusa : "came up from behind the vice president "

    how do you a$$idently shoot someone that is behind you

    and no I didnt miss that part

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    When I'm hunting quail with 3 men we usually stand in line with pre announced "lines of fire." making straight passes behind trained dogs. Left person gets the left and stops following a bird at 12 o'clock. middle persons line of fire is from 11 o'clock tho 1 o'clock(bieng that this is the smallest range, we usually switch whenone of the others get a bird), and the right gets from 3 o' clock to 12 o'clock.

    A little bit of training for the newbies before they ever get into the field, so they understand these terms.

    If anyone ever approaches from behind, like the DNR will occasionally do, there is no threat of an accident!

    Cheyney is a dumb@$#

    Did he even have a license?

    I wonder if the Pres will ever go hunting with him?

    [Edited by aceinstaller on 02-13-2006 at 12:36 AM]

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    Maybe that Armstrong character is the source of the CIA leak! Too bad Rove wasn't out there in the field. They'd still be looking for him!
    There's TREACHERY AFOOT!!!

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    I wonder if the Vice President can ski ? We’ll get that sucker signed up for the biathlon on the American Winter Olympic Team. Anybody who has balls enough to shot a lawyer can’t be all bad.

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