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White House shooting suspect Oscar Ortega-Hernandez has been declared fit to stand trial.
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White House shooting suspect Oscar Ortega-Hernandez has been declared fit to stand trial.

The man accused of firing shots at the White House in November was back in court today, and a federal judge has scheduled a hearing Friday to hear more evidence about the mental health of a man accused of firing shots at the White House in November.

Oscar Ortega-Hernandez has been charged with trying to assassinate the president. According to the U.S. Secret Service, shortly before 11 p.m. on Nov. 11 Ortega-Hernandez fired several shots at the White House and then fled. At least two rounds were found on the grounds of the presidential mansion, one of them stopped by ballistic glass window. No one was hurt in the shooting. 

Five days later, Ortega-Hernandez was located and arrested at a hotel in Indiana, Pa. Prosecutors say Ortega-Hernandez traveled 2,200 miles from Idaho to carry out the shooting. He has been declared mentally competent to stand trial. 

President Obama was attending a college basketball game in San Diego, Calif. at the time of the attack.

Acquaintances have said Ortega-Hernandez acted strangely in recent months, suggesting he believed he was Jesus and calling President Obama "the devil." A preliminary psychiatric screening found him competent to stand trial, but federal prosecutors are asking for more extensive tests.

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