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Cheney Victim Says He's Sorry for Vice President

The hunter shot by Vice President Dick Cheney says he is "deeply sorry" for all the trouble the accident caused his friend.

Harry Whittington spoke Friday as he was leaving the Texas hospital that treated him after Mr. Cheney sprayed him with bird shot Saturday. Although his face was heavily bruised, the 78-year-old lawyer appeared in good health, despite having suffered a minor heart attack Tuesday.

Mr. Cheney today acknowledged the difficulties and media scrutiny the incident has caused. Speaking in Wyoming, he said it had been a "very long week" and was grateful that his friend is doing well.

The vice president on Wednesday took responsibility for the shooting. The owner of the ranch where it occurred had initially blamed Whittington.