Edgar Maddison Welch, 28, terrified customers at the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in Washington D.C. on Sunday afternoon when he stormed in with an assault rifle, and demanded to know the truth about a “pizzagate conspiracy” theory claiming Hillary Clinton abused children there. In carrying out his “self-investigation,” Welch fired bullets into the floor before he was arrested by police officers after he surrendered.
The “pizzagate” theory is based on a story promoted by small websites and online forums prior to the election, claiming Clinton had run a child sex abuse ring at the popular pizzeria. Pizzagate has been flagged as “fake news” by numerous media outlets.
DML has publicly stated Team DML is not covering or investigating the story as he feels there are just too many “far-reaching” claims. “I don’t care if we are the last news service to cover this story, I am not into conspiracies and will not push a narrative or storyline until I can confirm it is true. And there is nothing tangible in the pizzagate story at this time,” said DML.
For example, one claim suggests there were secret tunnels within the restaurant where the abuse would take place. According to eyewitnesses, Welch spent nearly 45 minutes looking for these alleged tunnels.
Welch, a resident from Salisbury, North Carolina, did not shoot or harm anyone at the pizzeria. However, he was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon. Two firearms were found by police inside the restaurant. Another weapon was located in his car parked outside.
Owner of Comet Ping Pong, James Alefantis, released a statement on the horrific incident:
“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.”
Pictures from the scene can be viewed below:
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