Cheney Returns to TX Hunting After Shooting Mishap

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- Here's to better luck this time.

Vice President Dick Cheney is returning this weekend to the South Texas ranch where he accidentally shot a hunting companion two years ago.

Anne Armstrong says Cheney is expected to arrive Friday at her family's 50,000-acre ranch.

It's Cheney's first trip back to the ranch since the February 2006 hunting mishap that sparked a worldwide frenzy of scrutiny and jokes at the vice president's expense.

Cheney shot Austin attorney Harry Whittington in the torso, neck and face when he pulled the trigger on his 28-gauge shotgun.

The vice president later called it "one of the worst days of my life" and said, "The image of him falling is something I'll never ever be able to get out of my mind."

The shooting was ruled an accident. Whittington was hospitalized for six days.


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