Bizarre shooting at DC pizzeria linked to Hillary Clinton and ‘pizza-gate’ story

A bizarre incident taking place Sunday at a Washington, D.C. pizzeria serves as a fitting end to the 2016 presidential election.

An armed man reportedly charged the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria Sunday afternoon demanding to know the truth about “pizza-gate,” according to the Daily Mail. Terrifying customers and employees alike, the man was in search of secret tunnels and kidnapped and trafficked children.

Pizza-gate is being described by the media as an online conspiracy theory that surfaced near the end of the presidential election driven by a supposed fake news story that claimed children where abused at the restaurant, which was the alleged center of a child sex abuse ring run by Clinton and her campaign chief John Podesta.

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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 allegedly fired at least one shot — fortunately, no one was injured — and police found two firearms inside the restaurant and another weapon in his car.

Comet Ping Pong owner James Alefantis pointed to the “reckless” nature of the 2016 election.

“What happened today demonstrates that promoting false and reckless conspiracy theories comes with consequences,” Alefantis said.

“I hope that those involved in fanning these flames will take a moment to contemplate what happened here today,” he added, “and stop promoting these falsehoods right away.”

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