Incident Summary:

11/11/2011: Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez fired at least eight rounds of ammuntion from a semi-automatic assault rifle at The White House in Washington, DC, United States, striking the executive mansion about eight times and causing approximately $100,000 in damage. The President and the First Lady were both out of the area at the time of the incident. Ortega-Hernandez, who is not linked to any organizations, pleaded guilty to charges related to the incident and was sentenced to 25 years in prison in April 2014. The Federal Bureau of Investigation indicates that he was motivated by anti-government sentiment; sources also report that he suffered from paranoia.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

District of Columbia


Location Details:
Near Constitution Avenue and 16th Street, approximately a block away from the White House

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity US Government
Specific Description The White House
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage $100,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
An assault rifle
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Government extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Document: White House shooter practiced for months," Associated Press, May 1, 2013.
"Idaho Man Pleads Guilty to Terrorism and Weapons Offenses in Connection with November 2011 Shooting at White House," Federal Bureau of Investigation, September 18, 2013.
Andrew Zajac, "White House Shooter Ortega-Hernandez Gets 25-Year Term," Bloomberg, April 1, 2014.