WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Alleged White House Shooter Detained Pending Trial

Play associated audio
Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, 21, was deemed a "dangerous individual" and will be detained pending trial.
U.S. Park Police
Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, 21, was deemed a "dangerous individual" and will be detained pending trial.

The man accused of trying to kill President Obama by firing several shots at the White House will be detained pending trial, according to a decision made during today's hearing in Washington.

A U.S. Magistrate Judge called 21-year-old Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez a "particularly dangerous individual.'' He said Ortega must be detained to ensure the safety of the public and the president.

Mr. Obama and and the First Lady were out of town on the evening of Nov. 11, when authorities say Ortega used an assault rifle to fire as many as a dozen shots at the White House.

One bullet smashed into a window of the living quarters but was stopped by ballistic glass and no one was hurt.

Ortega's public defender argued today that the government has failed to establish that Ortega was the shooter or that the president was the target.

NPR

In Pakistan, Literary Spring Is Both Renaissance And Resistance

For the past decade Pakistan has faced war, political instability and the rise of religious extremism. But those crises have fueled a new generation of Pakistani writers and artists.
NPR

Behold Ukrainian Easter Art: Incredible, Inedible Eggs

Even 2,000 years ago, people seemed to know that the egg could be a source of life. And an ancient art form has been passed down, transforming a symbolic source of food into a dazzling decoration.
NPR

Obama's Tax Rate Rose — And He Can't Blame Anyone But Himself

President Obama, like many wealthy Americans, is paying more of his income to the IRS. He and the first lady paid $98,169 in taxes for 2013 on income of $481,098.
NPR

Between Heartbleed And Homeland, NSA Treads Cybersecurity Gray Area

Amid controversy over the Heartbleed security bug, the White House clarified how U.S. intelligence agencies must handle such bugs. Bloomberg Businessweek cybersecurity reporter Michael Riley explains.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.