11/18/2011 12:40 AM
The man who police arrested Wednesday afternoon in connection with the shooting near the White House has been officially charged with attempting to assassinate President Barack Obama.
Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, a 21-year-old from Idaho, will be tried in federal court in Washington, D.C. after allegedly firing a semiautomatic rifle at the White House last Friday night. Two bullets were found on White House property on Tuesday, one lodged in the bulletproof glass of a window on the residential portion of the building and another on the exterior.
A warrant was issued for Ortega-Hernandez after evidence in a vehicle near the scene pointed to him as the shooter. He was taken into custody Wednesday by Pennsylvania police officers.
There is a question as to whether or not the man is mentally stable. Sources said he had recently become obsessed with the president and the white house. Authorities say there are reasons to believe that he thought he was executing a personal mission from God by firing the shots.
President Obama was in Australia during the time of the shooting, and authorities do not believe there is any reason to fear for his safety.
Sources: USA Today
Photo Source: U.S. Park Police
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11/18/2011 12:40 AM |