Tuesday, February 14, 2006


Armstrong said the shooting accident happened toward the end of the hunt on Saturday, when it was still sunny but as darkness was encroaching and they were preparing to go inside. She said Whittington made a mistake by not announcing that he had walked up to rejoin the hunting line, and Cheney didn’t see him as he tried to down a bird.

Armstrong said she saw Cheney’s security detail running toward the scene. "The first thing that crossed my mind was he had a heart problem," she told The Associated Press.
From the NYT:
Ms. Armstrong and Ms. Willeford said the accident was largely the fault of Mr. Whittington, who had reappeared alongside two of his hunting companions without giving proper warning. Mr. Cheney, who was carrying a 28-gauge shotgun, had already begun to fire and sprayed Mr. Whittington.

"He got peppered pretty good," Ms. Armstrong said. "He fell with his head toward me." She said she ran over to Mr. Whittington, who had fallen, but stayed out of the way while Secret Service agents tended to him.

"There was some bleeding, but it wasn't horrible," she said. "He was more bruised."
So Ms. Armstrong sees Cheney's position, sees Whittington's position, hears the shotgun blast, watches Whittington fall with his head toward her, then sees Cheney's security team running up -- and "the first thing that crossed my mind was he had a heart problem"?

(Thanks to Eschaton commenters alan and dave©™ for the catch.)

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