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White House shooting: Suspect arrested after bullet holes found on exterior of building

November 16, 2011

Online Staff Report

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, 21, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, was arrested Nov. 16 following an investigation into a reported shooting near the White House.

Gunfire was reported near the White House Friday night, Nov. 11. Following an investigation into the reports, an assault rifle and an abandoned vehicle were located, leading authorities to Ortega-Hernandez.

Two bullet holes were discovered on the exterior of the White House by the Secret Service Nov. 15. One bullet hole reportedly cracked a window on the residential level of the White House. Ballistic glass stopped that bullet from penetrating the window. The exact location of the second bullet hole has not been disclosed.

The bullet holes discovered by the Secret Service Nov. 15 have yet to been connected to the Nov. 11 reports of gunfire.

President Barack Obama was traveling during the time of the reports of gunfire and the discovery of the bullet holes, and no one was injured.

Officials were reportedly seen taking pictures of a window on the south side of the executive mansion Nov. 16. According to the White House, the window being investigated is in front of the Yellow Oval Room, in the center of the family’s living quarters.

Ortega-Hernandez was arrested by Pennsylvania authorities at a hotel near Indiana, Pa., and is in Pennsylvania State Police custody.

It is believed Ortega-Hernandez was living in the Washington, D.C. area. His family reported him missing Oct. 31. According to the U.S. Park Police, Ortega-Hernandez has an arrest record in three states, but has no ties to any radical organizations.

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