Bullets fired at the White House!
A man has been arrested in connection with a shooting near the White House where a bullet hit a White House window... and they say he might have been targeting President Obama.
Federal law enforcement authorities arrested a 21-year-old Idaho man on Wednesday, who is suspected of shooting with a semiautomatic rifle at the White House on Friday night. The Secret Service reported finding that at least one bullet had indeed struck the presidential residence.
It took them a few days to find him, but the Secret Service now says,
the statement said.
"Ortega-Hernandez is currently in the custody of the Pennsylvania State Police,"
After gunfire was heard in the vicinity of the White House late Friday night, witnesses seen a man abandon a car several blocks away, fleeing on foot and leaving behind an AK-47 semiautomatic rifle. It was not clear for several days that someone had deliberately fired at the White House.
The president was never in any danger. He and the first lady were actually in California on Friday when the incident occurred.
But the shooting unleashed a multi-agency manhunt involving the Secret Service, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, FBI, U.S. Park Police, the Washington Metropolitan Police Department and others to track down Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, 21, shown above.
Authorities are investigating his mental health and say there are indications he believed his attack on the White House was part of a personal mission from God,but there are no official reports on this.
Mr. Ortega-Hernandez is scheduled for an initial appearance at 2 p.m. Thursday in front of a federal magistrate at U.S. District Court in Downtown Pittsburgh.
Ortega-Hernandez was charged in US federal court in Pittsburgh, where a judge ordered that he remain in police custody. He could face a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted.
This video was released of the shooting suspect Ortega, auditioning for the Oprah show, claiming he is the "Modern Day" Jesus.