On Saturday, February 11, US Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot Harry Whittington in a hunting accident at a private ranch owned by Katharine Armstrong. Cheney and Whittington were part of a quail hunting expedition at the Armstrong ranch. Quail hunting can be a fast paced sport, with birds flying quickly in different directions. Mr. Cheney followed a covey of quail that had flushed, picked a bird, followed it, and shot... accidentally hitting Mr Whittington in the face, neck, and chest.
Mr. Whitting was taken to a hospital in Corpus Christi, where Mr. Cheney spent Sunday afternoon. Katharine Armstrong released a statement to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times on Sunday. Cheney visited Whittington in the hospital early Sunday evening and returned to Washington Sunday night.
On Monday hospital administrator Peter Banko said "It's not critical. It's not serious. It's just stable at this time."
On Tuesday Whittington suffered a minor heart attack due to the shotgun pellets in his body.
Whitting was released from hospital on Friday, February 17, stating that he had no ill will for Cheney and that he was deeply sorry for the trouble Cheney and his family had faced. "Accidents do and will happen, and that's what happened," said Mr. Whittington.
The venomous Democrat party and liberal media have tried to use this story to create all sorts of insinuations and conspiracies, but the facts are simple. Dick Cheney accidentally shot his friend: no more, no less.