The ‘pizza-gate’ conspiracy is really far fetched and more likely than not untrue. This man thankfully didn’t harm anyone and will hopefully get some help. Or at least some answers to his questions, safely from behind bars.
A man allegedly armed with an assault rifle terrified customers when he walked into a popular pizza restaurant and demanded to know the truth about a pizza-gate conspiracy theory that claimed Hillary Clinton had abused children there.
Edgar Maddison Welch, 28, was arrested and charged after he stormed into Comet Ping Pong in Washington D.C. on Sunday at about 3pm armed with the rifle and fired into the floor.
He was pictured walking backwards on the street with his hands on his head as police surrounded him with guns drawn.
Police said Welch told them he went to the pizzeria to carry out his ‘self-investigation’ into ‘pizza-gate’ – a story widely circulated on fake news sites and forums prior to the election that claimed Clinton had run a child sex abuse ring.
According to eyewitnesses, Welch spent 45 minutes inside the pizzeria where he was said to be looking for the secret tunnels identified in the false news stories where children were allegedly abused.
Welch, from Salisbury in North Carolina, left customers and staff terrified when he walked through the front door and through to the back of the restaurant.
Police said he pointed a gun at an employee and threatened them before they were able to escape and notify police. Several customers and employees took shelter in nearby businesses.
Police said the lone gunman then fired one or more shots into the floor, but no one was injured.
Authorities found two firearms inside the restaurant and another weapon in his car parked outside. They said the incident was not terrorism related.
Welch was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon.
His family in North Carolina appear to have a history in the broadcasting and movie industry.
Owner of Comet Ping Pong James Alefantis said: ‘What happened today demonstrates that promoting false and reckless conspiracy theories comes with consequences.
‘I hope that those involved in fanning these flames will take a moment to contemplate what happened here today, and stop promoting these falsehoods right away.’