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Suspect sought by Secret Service apprehended in Pennsylvania

November 16, 2011|By Michael A. Memoli
(U.S. Park Police )

The U.S. Secret Service said Wednesday that a suspect potentially tied to a shooting incident near the White House on Friday has been arrested in Pennsylvania.

According to a statement from the agency, Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, 21, was apprehended by Pennsylvania state troopers at a hotel in Indiana, Pa., at 12:35 p.m. EST based on information generated by Secret Service agents in the Pittsburgh field office.

The Secret Service, ATF, FBI, U.S. Park Police and the Washington Metropolitan Police Department had been working together to locate Ortega-Hernandez after law enforcement Friday responded to the sound of gunfire on Constitution Avenue, approximately 700 yards south of the White House.

Officers had located a vehicle seven blocks west that contained evidence linking Ortega-Hernandez to the incident.

The shooting incident reportedly involved an AK-47 rifle. On Tuesday, personnel discovered two rounds on the White House grounds, at least one of which damaged historic exterior glass in a window above the Truman Balcony on the South Portico.

The Secret Service said this morning it had not conclusively linked the damage to the Friday shooting.

Ortega-Hernandez is now in the custody of Pennsylvania State Police.

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