The Occupy Wall Street movement has found some strange bedfellows in its first few months, like multimillionaire Michael Moore and Cat in the Hat actor Alec Baldwin. But perhaps the craziest person to be endorsed by the movement may be Oscar Ramiro Ortega, the 21-year-old suspected of firing an assault rifle at the White House this week.
Down at Occupy San Diego, a protester proposed a moment of solidarity regarding the event, though his remarks aren’t exactly clear on whether they’re in solidarity with the shooter himself, with the White House building or with both.
“I think we should have a moment of silence in solidarity for the person they said was from the Washington, D.C. Occupy. Maybe, why did he feel the need to shoot the White House window today?” he asked.
“So I think we should have a moment in solidarity for the White House, and for the guy that shot at the White House today. I don’t know if you heard, but someone shot at the White House window today.”
To clarify, the White House shooter has not been conclusively tied to Occupy DC, though the U.S. Park Police is exploring the connection, according to ABC News.
The shooter was apprehended by secret service agents in Pennsylvania, and will appear for an extradition hearing today. He has an arrest record in Idaho, Utah and Texas, and a police investigation has found that Ortega may have an obsession with the White House.
After the brief moment of silence/solidarity at Occupy San Diego, someone shouted, “Occupy the police department!” and the protest went on.