Court documents and people who know him indicate an Idaho man accused of firing an assault rifle at the White House believed he was Jesus.
They also say that Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez thought President Barack Obama was the Antichrist.
Ortega-Fernandez appeared in federal court in Pittsburgh Thursday where he was charged with attempting to assassinate the president or his staff. He's accused of firing nine rounds at the White House last Friday night, one of them cracking a window in the first family's living quarters. The president and first lady were away.
At one point, he even suggested to an acquaintance that the president was planning to implant computer tracking chips into children. But his mother says he has no history of mental illness.
According to a court document released after the hearing, authorities recovered nine spent shell casings from Ortega's car, which was found abandoned near the White House shortly after the shooting. An assault rifle with a scope was found inside.
Authorities say a man clad in black who was obsessed with President Barack Obama pulled his car within view of the White House at night and fired shots from an assault rifle, cracking a window of the first family's living quarters while the president was away.
The U.S. Secret Service found two bullets had hit the White House and agents caught up with Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez in Pennsylvania on Wednesday after a four-day search. Police arrested the 21-year-old Idaho man at a hotel after a desk clerk recognized his picture. Ortega is scheduled to make his first appearance at 2 p.m. Thursday in federal court in Pittsburgh and many questions remained about his motive and background.
The Secret Service says a bullet hit an exterior window of the White House and was stopped by ballistic glass.
An additional round of ammunition was also found on the exterior of the White House. The bullets were found Tuesday.
The discovery follows reports of gunfire near the White House on Friday. Witnesses heard shots and saw two speeding vehicles in the area. An AK-47 rifle was also recovered.
The Secret Service says it has not conclusively connected Friday's incident with the bullets found on the White House grounds. U.S. Park Police have an arrest warrant out for Oscar Ortega-Hernandez, who is believed to be connected to the earlier incident.
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