Wednesday, November 16, 2011

White House Shooter Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez Was Reported Missing In October


By: Jahbrielle Henning-Rayford, Your Black World


21-year old Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, a suspect in Tuesday’s shooting near the White House was arrested Wednesday in Pennsylvania.

Tuesday morning, police confirmed that there were two bullets found on the White House grounds. According to information giving by the Secret Service, Pennsylvania State Police were able to successfully identify and apprehend Ortega-Hernandez on Wednesday afternoon.

"A round was stopped by ballistic glass behind the historic exterior glass," a Secret Service statement said. "One additional round has been found on the exterior of the White House. This damage has not been conclusively connected to Friday's incident, and an assessment of the exterior of the White House is ongoing."

In a mysterious twist, police spokeswoman Joelyn Hansen said the shooter, who also goes by Oscar Ramiro Ortega, was reported missing October 31 of this year in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

While many are questioning if it was merely a break down in security --- or negligence ---, that potentially placed the nation’s first African-American president in harm’s way, Secret Service has vehemently defended the incident, stating:

"There's always an outer perimeter and this was on the very outer perimeter of our security," the Secret Service official said. "The gun and car were found within several minutes. We have a lot of security -- a lot of layered security down there, and the security worked."

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