Oscar Ramiro Ortega suspected of firing shots near White House

Oscar Ramiro Ortega, 21. (Photo: United States Park Police)

(WJLA, AP)U.S. Park Police say they have obtained an arrest warrant for a man investigators believe was involved in gunfire near the White House.

Sgt. David Schlosser says investigators are looking for 21-year-old Oscar Ramiro Ortega. Schlosser says the warrant charges with Ortega carrying a dangerous weapon, a felony. Ortega is believed to be living in the Washington area with ties to Idaho.

Neighbors say police swooped down on an abandoned house in Arlington this weekend. Arlington police believe Ortega has been squatting there, but neighbors say they never saw him.

“With respect to anyone living there, I had no idea anyone lived there,” said resident Lance Putney.

Another resident said a man was handcuffed by police.

“They found him in the house on the other side, handcuffed him had him on the grass, they let him go,” said Cindi Shore.

Ortega is wanted in connection with a shooting on Nov. 11, at about 9:30 p.m, in the 1600 block of Constitution Avenue Northwest between the White House and the Washington Monument.

Police found an abandoned vehicle near the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge after the reported gunfire at 16th Street and Constitution Avenue. Schlosser said items recovered from the vehicle led them to Ortega.

Ortega has been charged with offense in Texas, Utah and Idaho including violent offenses such as assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.

“This is a man who discharged a rifle in downtown D.C., I think that speaks volumes,” Schlosser said.

Ortega is described as a white Hispanic man, 5-foot-11, 160 pounds, with a medium build, brown eyes and black hair.

On his right hand, he has three tattoos of dots. On his upper back, he has a tattoo spelling "Ortega;" on his right chest he has tattooed rosary beads and hands clasped in prayer; on his left chest, folded hand; on the left side of his neck the word "Israel."

The Secret Service reported Friday that witnesses saw the vehicle driver get out and run across the bridge toward Arlington, Va. The agency said an AK-47 assault rifle was recovered.

Schlosser said only one vehicle was involved Friday, not two as initially reported.

Authorities say the White House did not appear to have been the focus.

Anyone with information is asked to contact local law enforcement or U.S.
Park Police at (202) 610-7500.