BULLETIN: Idaho Man Suspected Of Shooting At White House Arrested By Pennsylvania State Police; U.S. Secret Service Confirms Detention Of Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez: Source: U.S. Park Police.

BULLETIN: Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, an Idaho man suspected of using an assault rifle and shooting at the White House after dark on Veterans Day from hundreds of yards away, was arrested early this afternoon by Pennsylvania State Police troopers who patrol a four-county area near Pittsburgh.

At least two bullets are believed to have penetrated the White House perimeter. One of the bullets was stopped by protective glass. President Obama was not at the White House when the shooting occurred, and U.S. Park Police obtained an arrest warrant for Ramiro Ortega and listed him as wanted on Saturday.

Ramiro Ortega, 21, was arrested at a hotel near Indiana, Pa., a college town in the western part of the state. The arrest occurred at roughly 12:35 p.m. ET today, after U.S. Secret Service agents developed information on the suspect. Whether Ramiro Ortega was visiting someone in the Indiana area or simply intended to rest at the hotel was not immediately clear.

The Park Police said their probe — which has been joined by the Secret Service and other agencies — began Friday at about 9:30 p.m., after officers heard gunfire in the “1600 block of Constitution Avenue NW Washington, DC.”

The area, Park Police said, “is between the White House and the Washington Monument.”

Officers located a crashed vehicle in the area, and “[e]vidence in the vehicle led to us obtaining an arrest warrant for Oscar Ortega,” Park Police said.

ABC News is reporting that Ramiro Ortega is from Idaho and may be mentally ill.

Investigators have not said whether they believed Ramiro Ortega was on his way back to Idaho when he was arrested in Pennsylvania. The area in which the arrest was made is about a four-hour drive from Washington.

 

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