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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.

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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. (Read more White House stories.)

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