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

(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.

This image provided by the U.S. Park Police shows an undated image of Oscar Ramiro Ortega.   (AP Photo/U.S. Park Police)
This image provided by the U.S. Park Police shows an undated image of Oscar Ramiro Ortega.   (AP Photo/U.S. Park Police)
Law enforcement officers photograph a window at the White House, as seen from the South Lawn.   (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
Law enforcement officers photograph a window at the White House Wednesday, as seen from the South Lawn.   (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
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