On February 11,U. 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.
Early reports indicated that Cheney and Whittington were friends and that the injuries were minor.
Whittington later clarified that he and Cheney were not close friends but acquaintances. However, in her written statement to the Sheriff, she said that the shooting happened on February Mary Matalin stated on Meet the Press that "Somebody had talked to some ranch hand".
The Secret Service said that they gave notice to the Sheriff about one Cheney dick jon shooting stewart after the shooting. The time of the shooting was not stated by Cheney. Cheney had a televised interview about the shooting on February Cheney's statement and all six of the other hunting party members' statements specify that Cheney, Whittington and Willeford had first shot birds together in a covey.
Cheney shot at the bird and hit Whittington. Armstrong, the ranch owner, claimed that all in the hunting party were wearing blaze-orange safety gear and none had been drinking,  and that at lunch they drank beer which contradicts Cheney dick jon shooting stewart later statement that "there may have been a beer or two in [the lunch coolers], but remember not everyone in the party was shooting.
Armstrong said she never saw Cheney or Whittington drink until later at the house where Cheney had a few cocktails.
Secret Service agents and medical aides, who were traveling with Cheney, came to Whittington's assistance and treated his birdshot wounds to his right cheek, neck, and chest. On February 13,the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department an agency once headed by Armstrong  issued an incident report.
According to the report, Cheney "was swinging on game", i. Whittington downed a bird and went to retrieve it. While he was out of the hunting line, another covey was flushed and Cheney swung on a bird and fired, striking Whittington in the face, neck and chest.
Whittington was injured in the face, neck, and upper torso.
Whittington was reported to be in stable condition at Corpus Christi Memorial Hospital and had been moved from intensive care to a "step-down unit" on Monday. Doctors decided to leave about 30 birdshot pellets lodged in his body rather than try to remove them.
One of these pellets still affects his voice today. On February 14,at hours, Whittington suffered a minor heart attack and atrial fibrillation due to the shot pellets lodged in or near his heart,  as well as a collapsed lung. At about hours, Whittingon underwent a cardiac catheterization test to detect blocked or leaky arteries. From the test, doctors found a single lead pellet.
Hospital officials said Whittington was alert and stable  and that he did not experience chest pain or other symptoms of a heart attack. Whittington was subsequently discharged from the hospital on February 17, At a press conference, he said: We hope that he will continue to come to Texas and seek the relaxation that he deserves.
Armstrong had notified Cheney earlier in the morning that she was going to Cheney dick jon shooting stewart the news media about the incident. She said Cheney agreed. The White House did not disclose the accident until a press conference on Sunday afternoon. McClellan said he did not know that Cheney had shot someone until that Sunday morning. He remarked that he did ask the Vice President's office to release the information earlier. Cheney said he was more concerned about accuracy and felt that Armstrong was the best person to make the announcement.
Secret Service spokesman Eric Zahren said that about an hour after Whittington was shot, Cheney dick jon shooting stewart head of the Secret Service's local office called the Kenedy County sheriff to report the accident.
Kirk had called Salinas while en route to the Armstrong Ranch to investigate a possible hunting accident.