A 21-year-old Idaho man on Thursday was charged with an attempted assassination of President Barack Obama after he was arrested on suspicion of firing a semiautomatic rifle at the White House, hitting the presidential residence.
Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez was arrested Wednesday in a Pennsylvania hotel and is in the custody of state police. The shooting occurred Friday Nov. 11 around 9 p.m., according to an FBI agent's affidavit.
Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, charged in a Washington, D.C., federal court, was angry at the federal government and feared it was conspiring against him, according to witnesses interviewed by the U.S. Park Police and the Secret Service.
An acquaintance said that Ortega-Hernandez wanted to 'hurt' President Obama and referred to him as 'the anti-Christ,' according to an FBI agent's affidavit.
Others reported him stating that Obama needed to be taken care of and that he needed to kill the president.
At around 9:30 p.m., U.S. Park Police investigated reports of gun shots from a street between the White House and the Washington Monument.
Park Police and the Secret Service found a black 1998 Honda Accord with an Idaho registration number that led investigators to Ortega-Hernandez. The car contained ammunition including three magazines and ammunition, according to the FBI agent, Chris Ormerod.