Feb. 17 (Bloomberg) — The man wounded by Vice President Dick Cheney in a hunting accident at a south Texas ranch left the hospital today, calling himself “lucky” and expressing regret for the controversy sparked by the shooting.
“You can see what a lucky person I am,” Austin attorney Harry Whittington said, adding that he and his family are “deeply sorry for all that Vice President Cheney and his family have had to go through” in the aftermath of the Feb. 11 accident during a quail hunt.
“We send our love and respect to them as they deal with situations that are much more serious than what we have had this week,” Whittington said after being released from Christus Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christi. The accident was “not easy to explain, especially to those who are not familiar with the great sport of quail hunting.”
Whittington was hospitalized with wounds to his face, neck and chest. One shotgun pellet was lodged in his heart, causing what doctors said was a “minor” heart attack on Feb. 14. His remarks today were his first public comments since the accident.