The official story, as faithfully repeated in the press, is that Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot his hunting companion, Harry Whittington, from a distance of 90 feet. But a forensic firearms expert who prefers to remain anonymous, tells me that this account seems highly unlikely.
Judging from published reports of the type of firearm and ammunition used, the tightly focused pattern of pellet wounds on the victim, and the severity of the injuries, my source says that the distance between shooter and victim was likely closer to 20 feet. And as it turns out, my anonymous expert is not alone in questioning Cheney’s story.
According to Slate, Whittington’s own local hunting buddies are skeptical about the official story that he was shot at a distance of 30 yards.
Hunters at the Vaughn Building are skeptical. The hunt took place on a cold, windy afternoon. Whittington and his fellow hunters were probably wearing warm clothing