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On February 11, 2006, Dick Cheney shot Harry Whittington, a 78-year-old Texas attorney, while participating in a quail hunt at Armstrong ranch in Kenedy County, Texas.[172] Secret Service agents and medical aides, who were traveling with Cheney, came to Whittington’s assistance and treated his birdshot wounds to his right cheek, neck, and chest. An ambulance standing nearby for the Vice President took Whittington to nearby Kingsville before he was flown by helicopter to Corpus Christi Memorial Hospital in Corpus Christi. On February 14, 2006, Whittington suffered a non-fatal heart attack and atrial fibrillation due to at least one lead-shot pellet lodged in or near his heart.[173] Because of the small size of the birdshot pellets, doctors decided to leave up to 200 pieces of the pellets lodged in his body rather than try to remove them…

…The incident hurt Cheney’s popularity standing in the polls.[180] According to polls on February 27, 2006, two weeks after the accident, Dick Cheney’s approval rating had dropped 5 percentage points to 18%.[181] The incident has been the subject of jokes, satire and public ridicule.[182]

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