On February 11, , then- United States vice president Dick Cheney accidentally shot Harry Whittington , a thenyear-old Texas attorney , with a gauge Perazzi 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.
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Dick Cheney hunting accident
On Feb. The vice president's mistake made headlines on Feb. The White House did not release details of the accident until after news had already broken of the shooting, later claiming they had prioritized treatment for Whittington. According to the New York Times, Armstrong said Cheney fired his shotgun without realizing Whittington was on the opposite end of the barrel. Whittington, who was hit on his right cheek, neck and chest, was taken by helicopter to Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital to recover.
Harry Whittington , 78, was hunting quail with Cheney on Armstrong Ranch in south Texas when Cheney sprayed his friend in the face and chest with the birdshot from a gauge shotgun. Birdshot disperses a spray of small pellets rather than a single larger shotgun round. According to Armstrong, who is friends with both the Cheneys and the Whittingtons and set up the two for the hunting trip at her property, a group of hunters was traveling in a vehicle on the ranch when it spotted a covey of quail in the late afternoon. Armstrong, who remained in the car, said Whittington shot a bird and went to look for it in the tall grass, while Cheney and a third hunter walked to another spot and found a second covey. Whittington "came up from behind the vice president and the other hunter and didn't signal them or indicate to them or announce himself," Armstrong told The Associated Press.