Police Hunt Rogue Tea Partier for Shooting at White House

Posted by on Nov 16, 2011 at 8:56 am

I’ve heard a number of accounts today about this incident where someone took a shot at the White House, but for some odd reason they don’t lead with the name of the suspect. Just imagine if some tea partier with a lengthy record was wanted for questioning.

The search for the man suspected of firing shots in Northwest Washingtonlast week has intensified after bullets were found on White House grounds Tuesday, the Secret Service said.

According to the Associated Press, a bullet hit an exterior window of the White House and was stopped by ballistic glass. An additional round of ammunition was found outside the White House.

The discovery came days after 21-year-old Oscar Ramiro Ortega allegedly fired gunshots near the White House.

U.S. Park Police say they believe Ortega fired shots from an AK-47 semiautomatic rifle while in a vehicle on 16th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. He allegedly abandoned the car and the weapon in the 2300 block of Constitution Avenue and fled on foot.

Maybe they should check the “mostly peaceful” encampment at Occupy DC. Just a thought.

More here.

ABC says he could be a threat to Obama. Gee, ya think?

Police believe the suspect, 21-year-old Oscar Ramiro Ortega of Idaho, is mentally ill. Ortega has an extensive record, ranging from domestic violence to drug charges. Sources say a police investigation has uncovered evidence suggesting Ortega has a fixation on the White House.

Then there’s this:

Authorities suspect Ortega has been in the area for weeks, coming back and forth to the Washington Mall.  Before the shooting, he was detained by local police at an abandoned house. U.S. Park police say Ortega may have spent time blending in with Occupy D.C. protesters.

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