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White House Shooting Suspect

November 17, 2011 by staff 

White House Shooting Suspect, Police in Pennsylvania arrested a man Wednesday on suspicion of firing a semiautomatic rifle at the White House last week, with one bullet striking a bulletproof window in the residential part of the building.

President Obama, currently on a trip to Australia and Indonesia, was not home during the incident.

Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said Pennsylvania police, acting on information provided by the service, arrested Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez at a hotel near Indiana, Pa.

“Ortega-Hernandez is currently in the custody of the Pennsylvania State Police,” Donovan said.

The arrest took place shortly after the Secret Service reported that a bullet had hit a White House window.

“A round was stopped by ballistic glass behind the historic exterior glass,” the agency said in a statement.

The Secret Service also said it had found “one additional round” on the “exterior of the White House,” but did not specify where.

Gunfire was reported at around 9 p.m. Friday near the White House, the Secret Service said. The sound of the shots came from south of the White House, around the intersection of 16th Street and Constitution Avenue, about 700 to 800 yards from the White House.

“This damage has not been conclusively connected to Friday’s incident, and an assessment of the exterior of the White House is ongoing,” the Secret Service said in a statement.

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