Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and wounded a companion during a weekend quail hunting trip in Texas.
Fellow hunter and attorney Harry Whittington was sprayed in the face and chest with shotgun pellets as Cheney tried to shoot a bird on Saturday.
The owner of the property where the shooting took place, Katharine Armstrong, says Whittington is "alert and doing fine" in a Corpus Christi hospital. A hospital spokeswoman says Whittington is in stable condition.
Cheney's spokeswoman says the vice president has been with Whittington and his wife at the hospital.
The shooting was first reported by the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. The vice president's office did not disclose the accident until nearly 24 hours after it happened.
Cheney is an avid hunter who makes annual hunting trips to South Dakota to hunt pheasants. He also travels frequently to Arkansas to hunt ducks.