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Alleged White House Shooter Indicted

WASHINGTON (CNN/WUSA) -- A grand jury in Washington, D.C. today handed up an indictment against Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, the Idaho man who allegedly fired shots at the White House in November. 

In the indictment he is charged with 17 counts including attempting to assassinate the president.

Ortega-Hernandez previously had been charged in a criminal complaint with attempting to assassinate the president. But Tuesday's indictment adds lots of additional charges:

  • assaulting an officer or employee of the United States with a deadly weapon,
  • injury to property of the United States,
  • using carrying, brandishing and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence,
  • assault with a dangerous weapon,
  • possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence
  • and interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition

According to the government's evidence, Ortega-Hernandez was driving his Honda Accord westbound in the 1600 block of Constitution Avenue NW on Nov. 11, 2011, at about 9 p.m. He stopped his car just past the Ellipse entrance, and fired several times at the White House. FBI investigators later found bullet impact points on the south side of the building near the second story residence area. Several bullets and fragments were also collected. According to Tuesday's indictment, the shooting caused more than $1,000 in damage to the White House

According to the indictment, Ortega-Hernandez "did forcibly assault, intimidate, and interfere" with three people "who are officers or employees of the United States."  


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