VP Shoots Fellow Hunter: Cheney peppers Texas lawyer with birdshot during quail hunt

According to the latest Associated Press story, 78-year-old Austin attorney Harry Whittington is in "very stable" condition after Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally sprayed him with birdshot during a quail hunt at the Armstrong Ranch in Armstrong, TX. According to Ranch owner Katharine Armstrong, the incident took place as Whittington went to retrieve a quail he'd shot. "[He] came up from behind the vice president and the other hunter and didn't signal them or indicate to them or announce himself," said Armstrong. "The vice president didn't see him. The covey flushed and the vice president picked out a bird and was following it and shot. And by god, Harry was in the line of fire and got peppered pretty good." At a briefing this morning, Christus Spohn Hospital Memorial's administrator Peter Banko reported Whittington's condition: "It's not critical. It's not serious. It's just stable at this time." Click here for the story