The Secret Service says the man wanted in connection with Friday’s shooting near the White House has been taken into custody. Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez was arrested at the Hampton Inn in Indiana, Pa. at about 12:35 p.m. Wednesday and is in the custody of Pennsylvania State Police. Working on information that Ortega-Hernandez had visited hotels in Indiana, Pa. in the past, Secret Service agents in the Pittsburgh Field Office distributed his picture to area hotels. An employee at the Hampton Inn recognized him early Wednesday morning and called state police. Ortega-Hernandez was captured without incident, a law enforcement source in Pennsylvania says.
Ortega-Hernandez was sought by federal authorities after reports of gunfire near the White House on Friday night while President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle were away on a trip to California and Hawaii. Witnesses heard shots and saw two speeding vehicles in the area. An assault rifle was also recovered.
No one was injured in the shooting, but officials are investigating two bullets that hit the White House, one of them apparently cracking a window on the residential level where the Obama family lives.
The Secret Service said it discovered the bullet holes Tuesday and the bullet that hit the window was stopped by ballistic glass, but that it was not certain the cartridges were connected to Friday’s shooting. On Wednesday, officials could be seen taking photographs of a window on the south face of the executive mansion. The window they were inspecting is in front of the so-called Yellow Oval Room, according to the White House website. The room is in the middle of the family’s living quarters on the floor that includes the president’s bedroom and the Lincoln Bedroom.
Obama and the first lady had traveled without daughters Malia and Sasha on Friday to San Diego en route to Hawaii for a summit. The White House had no immediate comment on the shooting report or arrest nor who may have been in the building at the time. The exact location of the second bullet was not disclosed by the Secret Service.