WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- Hours before shots were fired near the White House Friday night, Arlington Police actually questioned the alleged shooter for suspicious behavior, before letting him go.
Now, the search is on for 21-year-old Oscar Ramiro Ortega and U.S. Park Police believe he may still be in our area. Ortega has some distinctive tattoos, including the word Israel on the left side of his neck.
Cindi Shore's neighbor watched Arlington Police question Ortega in their quiet North Arlington neighborhood.
"She saw the guy in handcuffs on Friday on the front lawn, all ready to go but they didn't do anything to him. I don't know if they arrested him or didn't arrest him. He's still out there," said Shore.
More than a day after the shooting, she saw a police officer with a gun pointed at a vacant house across the street.
"Very unusual and he said, basically, K-9 police! Put your hands up! And I didn't see anybody come in or out. I just rushed into my house because I heard that and I saw that and I said I'm outta here," said Shore.
U.S. Park Police say Ortega has a criminal record in Idaho, Utah and Texas for drug and underage alcohol possession, and assault.
"His assault charges also involve assault on law enforcement officers," said Sgt. David Schlosser of the U.S. Park Police.
Ortega's citizenship is unclear, as is his mental health history.
"This is a man who discharged a rifle in downtown D.C. I think that speaks volumes," said Sgt. Schlosser.
Ortega crashed his car near the ramp to the Roosevelt Bridge. Police found a semi-automatic rifle inside, along with shell casings.
"I hope he doesn't come back. I hope he doesn't come back. I hope he realizes now that this is not the neighborhood to be in, and police are watching and hopefully he doesn't come back," said Shore.
Police received no reports of injuries or damage as a result of the shootings. The President and First Lady were not home at the time.