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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Bullet Hits White House Window?

Sixteen hundred Pennsylvania Avenue narrowly came under siege last weekend when 21-year-old Oscar Ramiro Ortega fired shots at the White House.

Oscar Ortega wanted for firing shots at White House.
Photo collage/Politics. On Point.
Further examination revealed a bullet smashed a White House glass window, but didn't not penetrate due to its anti-ballistic properties.

It is believed that Ortega fired the shots last Friday night around 9pm using an AK-47-style rifle.  The rifle was later recovered from an abandoned car Friday thought to belong to Ortega.  Additional rounds of weaponry were also found.

Ortega is described as a 5'11" tall, 160 pound Hispanic man with a medium build. He has brown eyes and black hair.

Officers obtained an arrest warrant for Ortega on a felony charge of carrying a dangerous weapon.

This charge should be increased from 'carrying a dangerous weapon' to 'firing a dangerous weapon' into a residence, and other related charges.

No one firing shots into the White House should just be charged with carrying a dangerous weapon, or possessing a dangerous weapon, for that matter.

President Obama and the First Lady were traveling in Hawaii for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum. 

No remarks from the president on the White House shooting have been reported.

President Obama and the First Lady return to Washington this weekend after a visit in Australia and Indonesia.

**Latest Updates** 

November 18, 2011, 3:00 p.m.
Ortega thought he was God.  Mental Illness suspected.
Ortega, a troubled man with a troubled past and a possible mental illness, referred to President Obama as the Antichrist.  Made a video detailing his thoughts.


November 17; 4:25 pm.
Ortega Formally Charged.
Oretega  in custody.  Charged with trying to assassinate President Obama.  Claims state he was convinced the government is against him.   (Please. Everybody thinks that, including the Occupy Wall Street protesters).

**Updated** November 16, 2011
Reports indicate that Ortega has been apprehended.  Had an 'obsession' with the White House.
Ortega was apprehended in Pennsylvania on today, after a four-day search.

Police arrested the 21-year-old Idaho man at a hotel after a desk clerk recognized his picture. Ortega was scheduled to make his first appearance at 2 p.m. Thursday in federal court in Pittsburgh and many questions remained about his motive and background.  (Source).

Side bar:   This news should make for some very expressive photographs of President Obama by his photographer, Pete Sousa.


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