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Alleged White House shooter Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez gets new court date to hear evidence on his mental health

U.S. Park Police have an arrest warrant out for Oscar Ortega, who is believed to be connected to a bullet hitting an exterior window of the White House Friday and was stopped by ballistic glass. AP Photo/U.S. Park Police

Oscar Ortega and White House
Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez
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(CBS/AP) WASHINGTON - A federal judge has set a new court date to hear more evidence about the mental health of a man accused of firing shots at the White House in November.

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez appeared in federal court Wednesday. A judge then decided to schedule another hearing for Friday to learn more about the status of his mental health.

Ortega is accused of using an assault rifle to fire at the White House on Nov. 11. Ballistic glass stopped the bullet from entering the president's living quarters of the executive mansion. President Barack Obama was out of town at the time.

Ortega is charged with attempting to assassinate the president.

Acquaintances of Ortega said he was acting strangely in recent months, suggesting he believed he was Jesus and calling Obama "the devil."

A preliminary psychiatric screening found him competent to stand trial but federal prosecutors are asking for more extensive tests.

  • Crimesider Staff

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