Cheney finally caught with smoking gun?

Vice president accidentally shot Texas lawyer while hunting, and if that man dies, it’s murder!

By Sinclere Lee

For those people who hate Cheney and wish every bad thing this world can offer him, they couldn't be happier about him shooting somebody, accidentally or not! There is dancing in the streets of Liberaville because the liberals have finally caught Dick Cheney with the proverbial smoking gun. Did Cheney accidentally shoot that man or was it attempted murder, inquiring minds want to know.

Someone jokingly said that the only reason that Cheney waited so long to call the incident in was because, "they couldn't find a good place to hide the body."

Harry Wittington, a campaign contributor was shot and wounded Cheney during a weekend quail hunt and is said to be "doing well" and will be released early this week, a spokesman at Christus Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, said Monday.

Peter Banko told CNN that Wittington, 78, took "quite a bit of spray" in the face, neck and upper torso but is recovering nicely after he was wounded Saturday afternoon on a vice presidential friend's south Texas ranch.

"He rested well last evening and is in stable condition in our trauma ICU," Banko said. "We'll know a little bit better later this morning, but he should be released within the next day or two. He's doing well."

Whittington, an Austin attorney who gave $1,000 to President Bush's 2000 campaign and $2,000 to his 2004 re-election bid, was among a handful of people accompanying the vice president when the accident occurred Saturday afternoon.

Cheney visited him Sunday afternoon at the hospital, "and was pleased to see he is doing fine and in good spirits," spokeswoman Lee Anne McBride said.

The shooting occurred about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Kenedy County Sheriff Ray Salinas said. His deputies are conducting an investigation into the shooting but consider it an accident, he said.

Cheney, an avid hunter, was shooting at a covey of quail at the Armstrong Ranch near Kingsville, about 30 miles southwest of Corpus Christi. The ranch's owner, Katharine Armstrong, said Whittington was about 30 yards from Cheney when the vice president fired.

Armstrong, who was with the group when the accident occurred, said Whittington was "peppered" with birdshot. Pellets hit him in the face and chest, but he never lost consciousness, she said.

She said Whittington had just shot a quail and dropped back to retrieve it. He was hit upon rejoining the group and "apparently came up unannounced" as Cheney prepared to fire.

Whittington, a prominent Texas Republican, has been active in state politics since the 1960s and served as chairman of the state Board of Corrections from 1979 to 1985. In 1999, then-Gov. George W. Bush named him to the state Funeral Services Commission, which had been stung by allegations of widespread corruption and mismanagement in the industry.

Armstrong told CNN that Whittington was a guest of hers, not someone Cheney invited, and she did not know whether the two men had met before. The vice president, his Secret Service detail and other companions rushed to the wounded man's aid, Armstrong said.

Similar accidents occur "not frequently, but often" among hunters in the area, Salinas said. He said an ambulance was posted at the ranch while Cheney visited and took Whittington to the hospital.

Armstrong said Cheney was firing a 28-gauge shotgun, a small-bore weapon commonly used for hunting birds. Cheney has come down to her ranch to hunt quail once a year for at least 15 years, and she called him "a very conscientious hunter."

"I would shoot with Dick Cheney everywhere, anywhere, and not think twice about it," she said. But she said, "The nature of quail shooting ensures that this will happen. It goes with the turf."

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