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Man charged with attempting to kill US president

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Man charged with attempting to kill US president


A 21-year-old man has been charged with attempted assassination of US president Barack Obama.

Oscar Ortega-Hernandez, from Idaho, is accused of opening fire on the White House with a semi-automatic assault rifle last Friday night.

Obama and his wife Michelle were away at the time and no one was hurt. One bullet did break a window but was stopped by ballistic glass. Another hit the outside of the building.

A court was told that two cars were seen speeding away from the scene and police found one vehicle nearby with a rifle inside. A telescopic sight was also found along with three loaded magazines and nine spent shell casings.

Witnesses told the hearing that Ortega-Hernandez had wanted to hurt the president and had referred to him as the “anti-christ.”

If convicted he faces up to life in prison.

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