Cheney shoots hunting mate
US Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot a man during a weekend hunting trip in south Texas.
The victim, identified as Harry Whittington, 78, is reported in good condition in a Corpus Christi hospital after being hit with buckshot on Saturday while hunting quail with Mr Cheney.
Mr Cheney sprayed Whittington, an Austin lawyer, with shotgun pellets while hunting for quail at about 5.30pm (local time), the local newspaper Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported.
The incident took place at the Armstrong Ranch in Kenedy County, where Mr Cheney is a frequent visitor.
Katharine Armstrong, owner of the ranch, said Mr Whittington was in good condition after being taken to hospital by ambulance.
"The vice-president has spoken with Mrs Whittington and is visiting with Mr Whittington today," Lea Anne McBride, spokeswoman for the vice president, was quoted as saying.
CNN television, citing a witness, said Whittington had "never lost consciousness".
The vice-president would return to Washington later today, NBC News reported.
Ms Armstrong said Mr Cheney, 65, had turned to shoot quail that had just been flushed, accidentally peppering one side of Mr Whittington's body. Ms Armstrong said Mr Cheney had been unaware Whittington had approached him from behind.
"Nobody wants this to happen, but it does," she said.
Mr Cheney's secret service agents tended to the injured man before paramedics arrived, Ms Armstrong said.
Officials with the Kenedy County Sheriff's Office had helped investigate the incident, the paper said.