Friend of Vice President `Alert and Fine' After Being Shot by Cheney

February 12, 2006 - Posted at 6:06 p.m. CST

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot

and wounded a companion during a weekend quail hunting trip in


Fellow hunter and attorney Harry Whittington was sprayed in the

face and chest with shotgun pellets as Cheney tried to shoot a bird

on Saturday.

The owner of the property where the shooting took place,

Katharine Armstrong, says Whittington is ``alert and doing fine''

in a Corpus Christi hospital. A hospital spokeswoman says

Whittington is in stable condition.

Cheney's spokeswoman says the vice president has been with

Whittington and his wife at the hospital.

The shooting was first reported by the Corpus Christi

Caller-Times. The vice president's office did not disclose the

accident until nearly 24 hours after it happened.

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.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)