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. banasy©

    Hello, Big Game James.
    Long time, no see.
    And, I agree.

    November 17, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Big Game James

    Hey Banasy. Copyright? Did the trolls get that bad?

    November 17, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    @Big Game James:
    Oh, yeah, they sure did!
    Where have you been? We've missed you, and your good-old-common-sense!

    November 17, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Big Game James

    @Banasy I had to take a break for a while. It seemed like there were nothing but trolls and pervs posting. It wasn't mentally stimulating. How've you been?

    November 17, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. WOT

    Insane, homeless(with a car and guns), and from a good family. We need to (Americans) teach love in schools. You can not erase hate, but we need to start somewhere!

    November 17, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. s kel

    Hey Banasy how have you been?

    November 17, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. s kel


    November 17, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    @Big Game James:
    I hear ya. They're not as bad, it comes and goes.

    I've been just fine, thank you.
    I hope to see you around more.
    I'd enjoy that very much!

    @s kel:
    Hi, guy! I'm doing good. How have you been?

    November 17, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    @s kel:
    Sick, sick, sick sob's *everywhere*.

    November 17, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. s kel

    Yeah but damn to wish the President of the US dead??? Thats treason, I disliked G dubba dubba bush but I never wanted him dead or even harmed in any way. I still respected the Pres office.

    November 17, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mom of Seven

      Firing squad!!!

      November 18, 2011 at 4:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. s kel

    These fools on here want this man dead........now I want the fools that state thatin a covert or overt manner dead, even family. Im sooo sick of the hate. It causes me to hate right back.

    November 17, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Two words:
    Giuseppe Zangara.
    Third word:

    November 18, 2011 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  13. Mom of Seven

    What happened to treason?? After all, Obama is the PRESIDENT...... I say save the tax dollars and use the firing squad, bullets are cheap!

    November 18, 2011 at 4:32 am | Report abuse |
    • cuzindan64

      You haven't bought bullets lately, have you mom??? 😉

      November 18, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©


    Ah, the man who shot Anton Cermak.

    Difference is, Cermack *died*, so the Zap was justified...
    And Zagara was a poor aim.

    Chicago history.
    Love it.

    November 18, 2011 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
  15. Ed

    Th is guy should be charged with Bad Marksmanship and destruction of public property, (repairs to the White House). Decades from now he will be seen as the guy who tried to save America from becoming a dictatorship. Later on we may build a statue to honor him as a Patriot.

    November 18, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
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