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. The incident, first reported by the Corpus Christi Caller-Times in South Texas, was extensively covered locally, nationally and internationally at the time. So we were walking and as the dogs found the birds, well then, you walk up on the covey and then they flush and you shoot.
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On February 11, , United States vice president Dick Cheney accidentally shot Harry Whittington , a year-old Texas attorney , with a 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.
The wounded man, year-old Harry Whittington, was in intensive care at a Corpus Christi hospital after being hit by several pellets of birdshot Saturday afternoon, hospital spokesman Peter Banko told CNN. Cheney, 65, visited him Sunday afternoon at the hospital, "and was pleased to see he is doing fine and in good spirits," Cheney spokeswoman Lee Anne McBride said. Watch when Cheney's office decided to release information --
She is also notable as being the sole eyewitness of the hunting incident where then-United States Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot attorney Harry Whittington in the face and chest. She became a public and private school teacher in Dallas , starting around the early s. During the s, she was a trustee of St.