Gunman charged after threatening DC restaurant hit by fake news

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A man who took a rifle into a Washington pizza restaurant on Sunday “to self-investigate” a fake news report that it was operating a child abuse ring has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, police in the U.S. capital said.

Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement that Edgar Maddison Welch, 28, of Salisbury, North Carolina, was charged after the incident at Comet Ping Pong restaurant in Washington near the Maryland border on Sunday afternoon.  

The suspect entered the restaurant and pointed a gun at a restaurant employee, who fled and notified authorities, police said. The man then discharged the weapon inside the restaurant. There were no injuries.

Two weapons were found inside the restaurant and a third one was recovered from the man’s vehicle, police added.

They said the suspect during an interview with investigators “revealed that he came to the establishment to self-investigate ‘Pizza Gate’ (a fictitious online conspiracy theory),” the police statement said.

Last month, media outlets including the Washington Post and New York Times, reported about death threats against the owner of the restaurant after internet postings said the restaurant was operating a child abuse ring led by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her top campaign aide.

Police said there was no active investigation of child abuse allegations there. The attack on Comet was considered an example of how fake news reports that proliferated during the election year affected people’s lives.

A Reuters witness at the restaurant with his 1-year-old child said it was crowded when the gunman entered, with many families dining.

The Reuters witness who was inside Comet at around 3 p.m. ET (2000 GMT) said he was paying his bill when he saw a man entering the restaurant’s front door. “It appeared to us he had a long rifle with him. We scattered,” he said.

(Reporting by Richard Cowan and Peter Cooney; Editing by Mary Milliken)

10 thoughts on “Gunman charged after threatening DC restaurant hit by fake news

  1. Yeah right! I don’t believe this for a second, it’s a set up. “People could have been killed over a “fake news story,” this is getting very dangerous, something MUST be done, NOW.”

    False flag!

  2. Hmmm the media is using the perp’s middle name and the perp didn’t shoot anyone yet managed to get caught….. I’m going to call BS on this one until more evidence can change my mind.

  3. I reposted this comment for Enemy of the State. He posted the comment on the donate post. Wanted to put it in the actual article post so others would see his comment when they look at this article. Just trying to be helpful.
    EOTS, good find by the way.

    The assailant was identified as Edgar Maddison Welch of Salisbury, North
    Carolina. He told police he had come to the restaurant to
    “self-investigate ‘Pizza Gate,’ a fictitious online conspiracy theory,”
    according to the police press release. Welch was arrested and charged
    with “assault with a dangerous weapon (gun).”…

    According to the “IMDB” entertainment database, he is an actor “known for his work on Mute (2011), The Mill (2008) and A Tale About Bootlegging (2005).”…

    Henry please read my comment below

    1. Thank you much Katie

      Just more info ..we should dig deep on this , there has to be something to this

      I dont have an email address for Henry to use so I try to pop them into the most current posting ..apologies to anyone if it screws stuff up

  4. False flag indeed.

    Too many strange things happened the few days leading up to and during this act for any other reasonable conclusion.

    Consider this “story” cites an “assault rifle” was used and cites “fake news” as the cause.

    Creating grounds for must have action on both (fabricated) issues.

    As a free bonus this pushes the pizza thing further into the hole of “fake news” meaning it is not true.

    The guy fired at least one shot yet no one there blew him away – bummer.

    1. “The guy fired at least one shot yet no one there blew him away – bummer.”

      Its DC.. need i say more?

      no one can pack in DC legally , and with DC flooded with Libs , none of those fraidy cats own a gun anyways

  5. I read this BS early this morning, and expected something more about fake news would pop up soon.
    Then I made the mistake of reading some of the comments attached to this article.
    It’s hard to believe the shit coming out of the minds of these malignant mcnuggets! It’s got to be a team of schmedricks doing it… But if not, I just have to say…..
    You are the winners of the.

    Lord have mercy…

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