Of all the destruction waged by Dick Cheney during his eight-year run of terror in the White House, one incident stands out as the oddest: On February 11, , Cheney shot a hunting partner in the face, nearly killing him. When Harry M. Whittington, a prominent attorney in Austin, arrived at Armstrong Ranch in the very southeastern tip of Texas, he had a deep connection not to Cheney, but instead to a few other notorious Republicans of the George W. Bush era. But a Washington Post profile of Whittington dispelled the notion that Whittington and Cheney were friends:. Before the shooting, they had met briefly only three times since the mids and had never gone hunting together before.
Questions are being raised about a weekend hunting accident in Texas that involved Vice President Dick Cheney. He accidentally wounded a fellow hunter in a shooting accident. The incident happened late Saturday while the vice president was quail hunting at a private ranch not far from Corpus Christi, Texas. According to ranch owner Katherine Armstrong, who witnessed the incident, a member of the hunting party had moved away from the group to pick up a downed quail. She says Harry Whittington, a prominent year-old Texas attorney, then moved unannounced behind the vice-president just as he turned and fired his shotgun at one of the small birds.
The Dick Cheney hunting incident occurred on February 11, , when then U. First public news of the incident was called in to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times on February 12, , by ranch owner Katharine Armstrong. Local authorities released a report on the shooting on February 16, and witness statements on February On February 14, , Whittington suffered a non-fatal "silent" heart attack and atrial fibrillation due to at least one lead-shot pellet lodged in or near his heart.