White House shooting suspect to be charged with assassination attempt
Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez was arrested in Pennsylvania. Investigators allege he was involved in a shooting outside the White House last week.
November 17th, 2011
02:33 PM ET

White House shooting suspect to be charged with assassination attempt

A man accused of firing shots near the White House last week will be charged with attempting to assassinate the president or a member of his staff, a federal prosecutor said Thursday.

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, 21, of Idaho, was arrested in western Pennsylvania on Wednesday. Investigators believe he was involved in a shooting Friday night that may be responsible for two bullets found on the White House exterior on Tuesday, according to the Secret Service.

One bullet hit a window and was stopped by bulletproof glass, and another was found on the White House exterior, the Secret Service said.

Ortega-Hernandez will be charged with attempted assassination, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jimmy Kitchen said at Ortega-Hernandez's first federal court hearing Thursday.

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  1. stevie

    This shows how dangerous the "Occupy" people are. This creep was part of "Occupy DC" crowd. Left wing violence.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Drew

      You would have celebrated if he's been successful, so shut your pie.

      November 17, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grog Says

      ****** THIS IS WHAT IS WRONG WITH AMERICA *****

      stevie

      This shows how dangerous the "Occupy" people are. This creep was part of "Occupy DC" crowd. Left wing violence.

      RIGHT WING MORONS !!!!!!

      November 17, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Drew

    Tea Party Righty or OWS Lefty? Discuss.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Grog Says

    Shouldnt all these 8 year old republicans be in school
    instead of mouthing garbage here ?
    Oops, i forgot, the dumming down of american in progress.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    November 17, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nikki

      Ohhh, the progress we've made. Let me tell ya. -rolls eyes- I'd really love to live on whatever planet you're from.

      November 17, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • JACK SPARROW

      L O L bc Obamie is just soooo incredibly smart right? Biden is a joke. Its time for a REAL president, not mediocre ones. Where are the Washingtons and Lincolns

      November 17, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mr. Sunshine

    If I were on this jury I would absolutely not convict for this trumped up, bogus, charge.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. citizenUSA

    Assasination attempt? Doubtful. Stupid idiot? Absolutely.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Derek

    Firing at the White House is way over the top and is a crime, no question. However, calling it an assassination attempt shifts the attention from the shooter to the White House, which is probably not intended. There are assassination attempts, like when Reagan was shot or when Gerald Ford was shot at and there is gunfire incidents like this one.

    The only reason I can think of for calling it an assassination attempt is like divorce in California. In California, there are only about 2 or 3 permitted reasons. That is why they always say irreconcilable differences. In the White House incident, maybe they can't charge him with "firing in the air/firing at the White House from a long distance like only a wacko would".

    The man deserves jail but not execution.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh Davis

      Whatever. If someone discharges a weapon at my residence for ANY reason that is an act of attempted murder. The same applies here and as the White House is the home of the President of the United States that is an assassination attempt. Bullets kill people. Idiot.

      November 17, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • HotTubDeathMachine

      If the bullet had hit and killed the president it would have been called an assassination... so the miss is an attempt. If his attourney can prove that the gunman "knew" the president was away at the time, he might get around that charge at least. It's like robbing a bank with a water pistol painted black... it's still "armed robbery"

      November 17, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • arkayevans

      Hear here Josh Davis. Good God. It's freaking common sense!!!

      November 17, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff Williams

    I'm happy to see that the sicker minds at play here have had their posts deleted. Congrats everyone!

    November 17, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Brian

    The president should be protected at all cost, who wants president biden.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Drew

    From what I understand, he yelled "I'm a patsy" when they arrested him.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jamie

    Considering Obama was on Air Force One, midway between San Diego and Honolulu, at 9PM last Friday, this guy must have been a hell of a shot to be charged with Attempted Assassination of POTUS.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Richard McArthur

    Dictator? Really??? You should go live in Cuba then talk about a dictator.. He was elected by the people. Just because you don't believe in his agenda doesn't make him a dictator.. Thi man put bullets in the white house and it's window.. He deserves the book being thrown at him. And I'll take Obama over any of the retards running against him right now.. And I'm almost positive that will be the outcome if our voters have anything to do with it.. And side note, if Obama was a dictator then a lot more of his bills would be laws already.. But thanks to the republicans, who are only vetoing these bills simply because he is a republian, we are sitting still vs getting the country out of the hole our last president left us in..

    November 17, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bigwilliestyles

    Complete lack of planning, foresight, intelligent thought; poor advice, easily caught, dumb reasoning; sounds like the Tea Party to me.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jojo

    Good luck in Fed Prison for trying to kill the first BLK president!!!!!!!!wow....tons of Black folks will be waiting on you buddy!!

    November 17, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bigwilliestyles

    Sorry, that should read *no* intelligent thought.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Cult of Personality

    Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez looks like he could pass as Frank Serpico's son...LOL

    Obviously, there's no comparison...Frank Serpico cleaned up the NYPD back in the 1970's vs. what this ding-dong, Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, did...

    November 17, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
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