Vice President Dick Cheney has accepted full responsibility for accidentally shooting a fellow hunter, calling it one of the worst days of his life.
In an interview on Wednesday with American broadcaster Fox News, the vice president spoke publicly for the first time about Saturday's shooting accident during a quail hunt in Texas.
Cheney offered more details about the accident, including that several hours before the shooting, he drank one beer with lunch. He said none of the hunters in his party drank alcohol that afternoon.
The man who Cheney shot, 78-year-old Harry Whittington, is said to be doing well after suffering a minor heart attack on Tuesday at a hospital in Texas. Doctors say bird shot has lodged in his heart.
In recent days, reporters and opposition Democrats have criticized the White House for the way it disclosed information about the shooting, saying officials waited too long before informing the public.
But in his interview Cheney was unapologetic about how officials released information about the incident, saying he wanted to wait to be sure that the information they released was accurate.