Whittington, 78, was taken by helicopter to Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition in the intensive care unit on Sunday, according to Michele Trevino, a hospital spokeswoman. White House officials did not release details of the accident. But Katharine Armstrong, who was with the hunting party at the time of the shooting, said that Mr. Cheney, 65, fired his shotgun without realizing that Mr. Whittington had approached the group, hitting him on his right side, on his cheek, neck and chest.
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At first, it sounded like a routine report that might or might not have been exaggerated, or might or might not have even been true. But when she heard the name Vice President Dick Cheney followed by something about a shooting, her attention focused fast. Around the evening before, Armstrong told the reporter, the vice president accidentally shot another hunter when a covey of quail burst from a field just around sundown. The other hunter, year-old Austin lawyer Harry Whittington, was peppered with pellets on the side of his face and in his torso.
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In a bizarre episode, Vice President Dick Cheney shot and wounded a companion while quail hunting in Texas on Saturday. Although the injuries inflicted on year-old Harry Whittington, a wealthy lawyer from Austin, Texas, were serious enough to place him in an intensive care unit, neither Cheney nor the White House saw fit to release the information. Cheney was reportedly wielding a gauge shotgun and his victim was some 30 yards away when struck.
But Harry M. Whittington, the irascible, year-old attorney from Austin who wound up on the wrong end of the Vice President's quail-hunting gun on Saturday, is a longtime supporter of President Bush and longtime friends with White House deputy chief of staff Karl Rove, with whom he helped build the once-moribund Texas Republican Party into today's powerhouse. And he is said by friends to be taking his wounds with good humor.