Former Vice President Dick Cheney has yet to apologize to the Texas lawyer he accidentally shot in the face 10 years ago, the New York Daily News reported Thursday.
Harry Whittington suffered serious injuries and a mild heart attack after he was sprayed with more than 200 birdshot pellets from Cheney's shotgun during a quail-hunting trip in 2006. Whittington still has pellets in his right cheek and neck.
Cheney has called the incident "one of the worst days" of his life but has not apologized — and Whittington says that's fine with him.
“He never did need to apologize. It was an accident,” Whittington told the Daily News. “He expressed his concern about me publicly, but he never had reason to apologize because we knew how seriously he was affected by it.”
“It’s a fast-acting group that you hunt with. Birds get up fast — they are [a] rapid-rising group of birds. It’s easy for accidents to happen,” he said. “It’s unbelievable that I hunted for as long as I had with no accidents whatsoever.”
When Whittington was released from the hospital after being shot in 2006, he apologized to Cheney for the stress on the vice president and his family.
"My family and I are deeply sorry for all that Vice President Cheney and his family have had to go through this past week," he said.
Whittington recently went on his first quail-hunting trip since the incident with his son-in-law and some friends. The trip last month was the first time he'd fired a shotgun in a decade.
“They just wanted to see if I could still operate a gun and so forth,” he said. “First shot, I got a quail. I thought that was very impressive.”