Shooting Suspect Charged With Trying to Kill Obama

Ortega-Hernandez faces attempted assassination charges
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2011 2:31 PM CST

(Newser) – The 21-year-old accused of firing a semiautomatic rifle at the White House will be charged with trying to assassinate President Obama, reports CNN. Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez faces life in prison if convicted. Secret Service agents found two bullets, including one that got stopped by reinforced glass in a White House window. Ortega-Hernandez appeared in court briefly today and answered, "Yes ma'am" when asked if he understood the proceedings. The Idaho native (officials there identify him as Oscar Ramiro Ortega) will be transferred from Pittsburgh to a prison in DC, where he will be formally indicted. (Read more Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez stories.)

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