Yesterday, the Secret Service found two bullet holes in the White House, one of them reportedly hitting a window in the residential section.
Apparently, gunfire was reported near the White House on Friday night and agents found an assault riffle and an abandoned car near the scene. Tuesday, the Secret Service found evidence that some bullets had indeed hit the White House, with at least one striking a bulletproof window. President Obama was traveling at the time of the shooting, and Wednesday police arrested a man in Pennsylvania they think may have been connected to the shooting.
The man, 21-year-old Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, was reported missing by his family on October 31 and has an arrest record in three states. He was picked up at a hotel and taken into custody on Wednesday. Police don’t know why Ortega-Hernandez (allegedly) fired the weapon, but they don’t think he has any ties to radical groups.
Since entering the presidential race in 2007, President Obama has been a target of many death threats (including one credible assassination plot). Although each President has to deal with an enormous amount of hate mail, some reports indicate that the threats against Mr. Obama have increased dramatically in comparison to his predecessor, George W. Bush.
At press time, D.C. Police and the Secret Service are continuing their investigation into this shooting.