Bullets found on White House grounds as search for Oscar Ramiro Ortega continues


(U.S. Park Police) - Oscar Ramiro Ortega

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The search for the man suspected of firing shots in Northwest Washington last week has intensified after bullets were found on White House grounds Tuesday, the Secret Service said.

According to the Associated Press, a bullet hit an exterior window of the White House and was stopped by ballistic glass. An additional round of ammunition was found outside the White House.

The discovery came days after 21-year-old Oscar Ramiro Ortega allegedly fired gunshots near the White House.

U.S. Park Police say they believe Ortega fired shots from an AK-47 semiautomatic rifle while in a vehicle on 16th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. He allegedly abandoned the car and the weapon in the 2300 block of Constitution Avenue and fled on foot.

The shots were reported between the Ellipse and the Washington Monument grounds, about a half-mile south of the White House.

Police said they did not know whether the shooter had a specific target when firing the shots.

“We have not received any reports of any damage to any buildings or anything as a result of that firearm’s discharge,” Park Police Sgt. David Scholler said Monday at a news conference.

The bullets were reportedly found on White House grounds on Tuesday, and the Secret Service said that they have not yet been conclusively linked to the shots fired on Friday.

U.S. Park Police have obtained an arrest warrant charging Ortega with carrying a dangerous weapon, a felony.

The Secret Service, Park Police, FBI, and D.C. police are continuing the search for Ortega, who authorities believe is still in the Washington area.

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