Whittington later clarified that he and Cheney were not close friends but acquaintances. 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. Kirk had called Salinas while en route to the Armstrong Ranch to investigate a possible hunting accident. Salinas says he [Salinas] also spoke with another [unnamed] eyewitness and he[the witness] said the same thing, that it was an accident. Cheney shot at the bird and hit Whittington.
Re-creations of the incident were enacted by George Gongora and John Metz, a photographer and producer respectively for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.
Cheney shooting victim says sorry - to Cheney
White House Deferred to Cheney on Shooting. Franken went on to suggest that Cheney's delay in going to the hospital may have been because he wanted to wait until all signs of his having been drinking passed. On February 11,U. He then asked people in the studio audience to raise their hands to indicate if they thought they would accompany a friend to the hospital after shooting him. One of these pellets still affects his voice today. He said that Cheney characterized the incident as a "hunting accident". 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.