Obama Assassination Attempt
November 18, 2011 by staff
Obama Assassination Attempt, A 21-year-old man who called President Barack Obama the “devil” and “anti-Christ” was charged with trying to assassinate him by opening fire on the White House with an assault rifle.
Mr Obama and his wife, Michelle, were not in Washington at the time of the shooting and no one was hurt.
It is not known if their two daughters were in the White House at the time.
Oscar Ortega-Hernandez of Idaho appeared in a Pittsburgh court after his arrest on Wednesday at a hotel near Indiana, Pennsylvania, according to the US Secret Service.
The Secret Service said one bullet broke a White House window but was stopped by an inner bullet proof window, and the other round struck the exterior of the building.
Two cars were seen racing from the scene. One vehicle was found abandoned nearby with a semi-automatic rifle on board, authorities said.
Mr Ortega-Hernandez was charged with attempted assassination of the president, Assistant US Attorney James Kitchen said at the court hearing.
If convicted, Mr Ortega-Hernandez faces up to life in prison. A magistrate judge in Pittsburgh ordered him detained pending transfer to Washington.
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