White House Shooting Suspect Could Face Life Sentence If Convicted

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The man wanted in connection with shots that were fired at the White House is in federal court today following his arrest Wednesday in Indiana County.

KDKA’s Harold Hayes reports that Oscar Ortega-Hernandez arrived in court this afternoon in a white plastic jumpsuit.

Ortega-Hernandez is being charged with attempting to assassinate the president or presidential staff, and could face a life sentence if convicted.

Investigators say Ortega-Hernandez was taken into custody at the Hampton Inn in White Township just after noon on Wednesday.

According to authorities, the Secret Service learned that he had visited a friend at the hotel a few weeks ago. They told the staff to be on the lookout.

Officials say that staff members at the hotel stalled Ortega-Hernandez in the lobby until state police arrived.

“I don’t know what they told him – if they told him, ‘Have a seat we’re looking for a room’ or I don’t know what they told him, but he was patiently waiting in the lobby when we arrived,” State Police Lt. Bradley Shields said.

Ortega-Hernandez is accused of firing shots at the White House living quarters Friday night.

A bullet cracked an exterior window in the part of the White House where President Obama lives, but was stopped by bullet-proof glass.

On Wednesday night, Ortega-Hernandez was whisked away from the Indiana State Police barracks and is now in federal custody. Ortega-Hernandez was unarmed when he was apprehended.

Following the hearing, he’ll be taken back to Washington, D.C.

Stay with KDKA for the latest on this developing story.

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  • Thomas J Duttine's Taint

    i wouldnt be surprised to hear this guy is a REPUBLICAN.

  • gman

    A victim of too much talk radio.

  • Hello

    I’m curious did you have critters comments removed? Every time I see a story where you leave comments, later I see someone else’s removed.
    Are you the only one who has rights for freedom of speech? I personally think it’s tragic what this guy did and what the consequences would be if he succeeded in some assassination of the president.
    I personally want Obama to live and face the consequences in 2012 when he loses re-election.
    Talk radio FREELY expresses opinions the only difference is the right wing one’s are more popular than the leftest ones.
    I think that you sound like a black man with a serious chip on your shoulder and blame others for problems of your own makings.
    You also claim your content but act totally bitter and complain instead of taking any actions to better yourself, and I personally pray for some good opportunity to come your way and hope your smart enough to take advantage of it.

    • ROFL

      Hello, my comments under Hello were meant for gman, but he obviously has pull with kdka to have comments removed or re-distributed somewhere else, sounds like the Obama administration except Obama does it with peoples wealth and property and gman does it with a remove and the re-distribution of comments.
      If you have any doubts just watch different news stories and comeback later and a comment that you make that does not fall in line with his beliefs will either be removed or re-distributed.

  • gman

    Obama`s gonna lose to who in 2012? Flip flop Romney? Cain the groper? Freddie Mac Newt? Totally bonkers Perry?

  • gman

    Obama hasn`t taken anything away from me. What`s he taken from you?

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