Harry M. Whittington born March 3, is an American lawyer , real estate investor, and political figure from Austin, Texas , who received international media attention following an incident on February 11, , when he was shot in the face by Vice President Dick Cheney while hunting quail with two women on a ranch in Kenedy County, Texas , near Corpus Christi. Over the years, he has been appointed to several committees and commissions, including the Office of Patient Protection Executive Committee a committee formed by the governor of Texas to ensure the rights of patients , the Texas Public Finance Authority Board, and the Texas Department of Corrections. In the s, as an appointee of Gov.
Cheney accidentally shoots fellow hunter
Dick Cheney hunting accident - Wikipedia
She is also notable as being the sole eyewitness of the hunting incident where then-United States Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot attorney Harry Whittington in the face and chest. She became a public and private school teacher in Dallas , starting around the early s. During the s, she was a trustee of St. She began serving on the Board and the Executive Committee of the Texas Book Festival upon their creation in , and as of , had continued to without interruption. Willeford worked on developing education policy and promoting community service in Texas. She served on the board for eight years, being promoted to chairwoman in During her tenure as chairwoman, the Board developed a new higher-education plan for the state.
Dick Cheney hunting accident
The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports Whittington, then 78, was part of a quail-hunting party on a South Texas ranch with Cheney and others when the vice president accidentally shot him in the face and torso after a covey of game birds took flight. Dozens of tiny bird-shot pellets peppered his face and torso. Whittington lost consciousness and was taken to the hospital. He suffered what at the time was called a minor heart attack because some of the lead shot hit blood vessels near his heart. The incident, first reported by the Corpus Christi Caller-Times in South Texas, was extensively covered locally, nationally and internationally at the time.
The wounded man, year-old Harry Whittington, was in intensive care at a Corpus Christi hospital after being hit by several pellets of birdshot Saturday afternoon, hospital spokesman Peter Banko told CNN. Cheney, 65, visited him Sunday afternoon at the hospital, "and was pleased to see he is doing fine and in good spirits," Cheney spokeswoman Lee Anne McBride said. Watch when Cheney's office decided to release information --