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Man charged with trying to assassinate the president

WASHINGTON, D.C. (MCT) — An Idaho man has been charged with attempting to assassinate President Obama in connection with a shooting incident at the White House on Friday night.

A criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania states that Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, 21, “knowingly did attempt to kill the President of the United States.” The charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Ortega-Hernandez was arrested in Indiana, Pa., on Wednesday, five days after a shooting incident near the National Mall.

Law enforcement Friday responded to the sound of gunfire on Constitution Avenue, approximately 700 yards south of the White House.

Obama was not at the White House at the time of the incident.

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