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
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