Secret Service: White House Shooting Suspect Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez In Custody
Ortega-Hernandez was taken into custody around 12:35 p.m. and is currently in the custody of state police. Authorities believe he is the individual who fired two bullets at the White House on Friday night.
Man arrested in White House shooting probe
One bullet hit a window and was stopped by bulletproof glass, and another was found on the White House exterior, the Secret Service said. Both bullets were found Tuesday.
Lt. Brad Shields of the Pennsylvania State Police said a tip came in Wednesday morning that the man sought by federal authorities in the Washington shooting was at a Hampton Inn in Indiana, Pennsylvania.
According to Shields, the man had stayed at the hotel with an unspecified number of companions for a few days before the Friday shooting incident.
When the man returned to the hotel on Wednesday, an unidentified staff member recognized him from a photo provided by authorities and notified police, Shields told a news conference. The man was arrested without any resistance in the hotel lobby, asking why he was being detained, Shields said.
Spending time with the Occupy DC
Authorities believe that Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez may have been spending some time with the Occupy DC protest group. The Occupy DC protest camp is only blocks away from the White House, but it’s still unclear whether he was part of that movement. Police also say that Ortega-Hernandez suffers from mental issues.
White House Shooter & Occupy DC Protester Oscar Ortega-Hernandez Arrested in PA
The Secret Service says the man wanted in connection with Friday’s shooting near the White House has been taken into custody.
U.S. Park police say Ortega may have spent time with Occupy D.C. protesters.
via ABC News.
interestingly, the Washington Post points out that police said that the Shooter had NO connection to OccupyDC, but cited an anonymous source. Others who tried to obtain information were told that they cannot comment because of an ongoing investigation. Amazing that Wapo gets more information that any other journalist. I guess it contrasts negatively from their coverage of the racist violent Tea Party protests
In trying to determine why he traveled to the nation’s capital from the western part of the country, investigators also found no connection between him and the Occupy D.C. protest, according to three law enforcement officials familiar with the case.
via The Washington Post.