Editor & Publisher reported
The more than 18-hour delay in news emerging that the Vice President of the United States had shot a man, sending him to an intensive care unit with his wounds, grew even more curious late Sunday. E&P has learned that the official confirmation of the shooting came about only after a local reporter in Corpus Christi, Texas, received a tip from the owner of the property where the shooting occured and called Vice President Cheney's office for confirmation. The confirmation was made but it is not known for certain that Cheney's office, the White House, or anyone else intended to announce the shooting if the reporter, Jaime Powell of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, had not received word from the ranch owner.
I doubt very seriously if they had any intention of "announcing" the shooting. It was an accident. Does the editor of E&P "announce" it when he has an accident? Cheney did what needed to be done. He made sure the man got prompt medical attention, and he visited him in the hospital. He did not attempt to cover it up, but he certainly did not "announce" it.