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.
Mr Cheney was quoted afterwards as saying "I was tracking a quail through the forest when up popped Mr Whittington. He was between me and the quail, and if you harbour a quail you are as a good as being a quail. So I filled the old bastard with lead."
Investigations are continuing to see if the quail had a pilots licence, WMDs or participated in online file sharing.
Mr Cheney could not be reached for further comment as he was listening to his iPod...
I wonder if Mr Cheney will get charged over this? Or are the gun laws in the US so fucked up that this is allowed?
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