Stewart and the Daily Show' s correspondents repeatedly accentuated their disbelief of the absurdity of a sitting vice president shooting a year-old man in the face while hunting quail which are raised in a pen and released mere seconds before they are shot. Al Frankennot yet a U. At a press conference, he said: There is no public record of the promised affidavit being taken or released. 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. The time of the shooting was not stated by Cheney. At that point, "a nurse came into the room and asked Guzman and Salinas to hurry up so Whitington could rest".
Local authorities released a report on the shooting on February 16,and witness statements on February
Cheney shooting victim says sorry - to Cheney
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. 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. In the beta for the video game Halo 3a medal called "Cheneymania" was awarded for killing 10 opponents with a shotgun without dying. Mary Matalin stated on Meet the Press that "Somebody had talked to some ranch hand". Early reports indicated that Cheney and Whittington were friends and that the injuries were minor. The time of the shooting was estimated by Cheney and the other members of the hunting party to be variously between 5: Whittington characterized the incident as an accident and said no alcohol was involved and that everyone was wearing proper hunting attire.