Idaho Man Arrested, Charged With Shooting at White House


An Idaho man was arrested today and charged with shooting a semiautomatic rifle at the White House last Friday evening. The Secret Service said that at least one bullet had struck the presidential residence.

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez was arrested at a hotel in Indiana, Pa. According to federal authorities, Ortega-Hernandez, originally from Idaho Falls, has a background of legal problems and "a history of aberrant behavior." He had been reported missing for nearly a month by his family.

Sgt. David Schlosser of the U.S. Park Police said Ortega-Hernandez had criminal records in Idaho, Texas and Utah, including drug usage, underage drinking, domestic violence, resisting arrest and assault of a police officer.

President Barack Obama and his family were away from the White House last Friday. The Secret Service said that one bullet had been stopped by reinforced windows. The shooting had come from approximately 700-800 yards south of the White House, just outside the outer security perimeter of the complex.