Monday, April 10, 2006 · Last updated 12:47 p.m. PT
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
ALBUQUERQUE -- Years before Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally
shot a lawyer during a Texas quail hunt, Cheney himself was on the
receiving end of an errant shotgun blast.
Carlsbad Mayor Bob Forrest said he doesn't know for certain if he
or his twin brother, Dick Forrest, fired the shot during the hunting
trip in the late 1990s. It accidentally pelted Cheney, who was then
chief executive at Halliburton Co.
"We're probably the only twins in the United States that have shot
the vice president and never have gone to jail," Forrest joked. The
Albuquerque Journal reported the incident Sunday.
Cheney wasn't hurt but he was miffed, Forrest told the Journal.
"He said, 'You guys watch where you're shooting!' He was very
offended," Forrest said.
The hunting group included the Forrest twins, Cheney and Sen. Pete
Domenici, R-N.M. They were hunting on a southern New Mexico ranch
owned by the late Colin McMillan, an assistant secretary of defense
under President George H.W. Bush, Forrest said. He said the senator
wasn't the shooter.
A spokesman for Domenici confirmed that the senator hunts with the
Forrest brothers and has hunted with Cheney but declined further
A message left Monday with Cheney's office seeking comment was not
immediately returned to The Associated Press. The Journal said several
phone calls to Cheney's office last week also were not returned.
Cheney, during a Feb. 11 hunting trip in Texas, Cheney accidentally
peppered lawyer Harry Whittington in the torso, neck and face with up
to 200 shotgun pellets.
Whittington sustained a mild heart attack caused by a pellet lodged
near his heart three days after the shooting. He has since been
released from a hospital. Kenedy County, Texas, Sheriff Ramon Salinas
ruled the shooting an accident.