White House Shooting Suspect Arrested
Oscar Ortega-Hernandez found in Pennsylvania hotel
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 16, 2011 1:31 PM CST
This image provided by the U.S. Park Police shows an undated image of Oscar Ramiro Ortega.   (AP Photo/U.S. Park Police)

(Newser) – The 21-year-old drifter suspected of firing a semi-automatic rifle at the White House has been arrested in Pennsylvania, reports the AP. Police say they caught Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez at a hotel in the southwestern part of the state after an intense manhunt. His distinctive tattoos, including a prominent one of "Israel" on his neck, didn't help his anonymity.

Shots were reported near the White House on Friday, and agents found two bullets yesterday—one stopped by reinforced glass in a window and the other somewhere else on the grounds. Authorities on Friday found an abandoned car with a semiautomatic inside and traced it to Ortega. He reportedly has a history of petty crimes and unstable behavior, reports the New York Times. He had been stopped earlier on Friday by Arlington police after a citizen said he had been suspiciously "circling the area." His family in Idaho reported him missing in late October.

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fancygapva
Nov 17, 2011 7:31 PM CST
OK. I have a question. Was Obama even in town at the time? It seems to me that if somebody randomly shoots your house and you're not in it the charge should be more like vandalism. Did he know where the President was? Did he have a tenable plan or is he just bat-shit crazy? I suspect those are the questions that his defense attorney will ask and I think knowing the answers to them is germane.
Mr_Joshua
Nov 17, 2011 5:00 AM CST
How dumb would you have to be to think that a bullet could actually get into the White House without bouncing off the bullet proof glass. And you can call me..............Mr Joshua
Parable_Teller
Nov 17, 2011 4:21 AM CST
Well this is certainly the inane posting page isn't it?First of all, there is nothing wrong with the right to bear arms, guns, the NRA or Sara Palins desire to ensure those rights stay in place. It is the idiots who get their hands on guns that want to use them to commit crimes that are the problem. Doing away with guns, which only hurts those who are legally entitled to have them, does not stop criminals from getting guns. Guns will just be obtained from the black market instead, some of them dangerously unstable at that, and again, the only thing accomplished would be to remove the rights of legally entitled gun owners from having guns for hunting, and G-d forbid, their protection. No one likes the idea of having to shoot someone, but if your family member are in peril, sometimes, you are simply left no choice. Something smells pretty strange in Denmark here. Maybe it's just me and my mind is in overdrive but it seems to me that no one is picking up on the pertinent clues in articles lately. Why would a Mexican (I have to wonder if he is legal lol. If he is, I guess he's not voting for Obama :D ) Have an Israeli tattoo? That doesn't make a lot of sense. And as for the little stinkers comment below... Israel dies NOT have power over America. Israel is our Sister nation. First of all not only is she of similar Christian values, but Israel is, and always has been the holy land. And lastly, due to our Christian beliefs, we are intertwined anyway and so it makes sense to be on good terms and not treat each other badly. And no, we re not Israel's ON:Y friends and protectors. If you do not know what I am talking about, you need to go to the library, give the Librarian the topic and let her load you up because you have a lot of reading to do to get up to speed. and as a parting shot, I just can't help but say, Obama's letting illegals in unchecked to fluff the votes for his party. However, it would appear that some Illegals are not very happy with Mr. Obama's Party. So, will he finally crack down and round them up? Or is he going to ignore this problem and let everyone line up to play shoot the duck? ROFL.Have a good one all! G'night