Authorities in Pennsylvania arrested a young man Wednesday who they suspect fired a rifle near the White House, the Washington Post reported.
The man, 21-year-old Oscar Ortega-Hernandez, is suspected of being connected to a bullet the Secret Serve found fired into a White House window. He was arrested after police found him at a hotel near Indiana, Penn.
The bullet smashed the exterior glass but was stopped from entering the interior by special anti-ballistic glass, the Associated Press reported.
A second round of ammunition was found outside the White House.
Test have determined that the shots were fired from a distance of 700-800 yards from the White House, Agence France Presse said.
The bullets are believed to be connected to shots fired Friday evening about half a mile from the White House, the Guardian reported, but the link has not been confirmed.
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Gunfire was reportedly exchanged between two vehicles on Washington's Constitution Avenue shortly after 9pm. Police later found an AK-47 rifle in a nearby crashed and abandoned car.
A warrant for the arrest of Ortega-Hernandez was issued Friday night. He is said to have a history of drug abuse and assaults on law enforcement officers, and was stopped by police in Virginia Friday morning after behaving suspiciously. There was insufficient evidence to charge him, however, so he was released.
US park police spokesperson Sergeant David Schlosser said:
"The actions that Mr Ortega participated in on Friday evening – that being the discharge of a firearm near the White House – is an inherently dangerous activity, and because of that we do want to find Mr Ortega as quickly as possible. At this point, we're not certain what his intentions were."
President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle were not in the White House at the time of the shooting.
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