Cheney Accidentally Shoots Hunting Partner

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - The owner of the big Texas ranch
where Dick Cheney was hunting quail this weekend describes the vice
president as "a very safe sportsman."

But on Saturday, he accidentally shot and wounded a companion,
spraying the fellow hunter in the face and chest with shotgun

The incident wasn't reported publicly by the vice president's office for nearly 24 hours.

According to Cheney's spokeswoman, they were deferring to Katharine Armstrong, the owner of the ranch, to handle the announcement of what happened on her property.

The victim, Harry Whittington, is in intensive care at a Corpus Christi hospital. A hospital official who visited the 78-year-old Austin lawyer says "he is stable and doing well."

Armstrong says Whittington was in the line of fire as Cheney shot at a bird and, as she puts it, "got peppered pretty good."