Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Moriah Balingit | November 17, 2011
The man arrested at an Indiana County hotel Wednesday on suspicion of shooting at the White House has been charged with attempting to assassinate the president or his staff.
Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, 21, was arrested on a U.S. Park Police warrant after investigators found a gun inside his abandoned car while investigating a report of shots fired near the White House on Friday.
If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.
Damage from two bullets was found Tuesday in the exterior of the White House, though investigators could not conclusively say if the two are connected.
Mr. Ortega-Hernandez went before a federal magistrate this afternoon, where he waived an identity hearing, allowing U.S. marshals to transport him back to Washington D.C.
Prosecutors announced the charge at the hearing.
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