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Police: Man who fired rifle in Comet Ping Pong in name of 'Pizza Gate' held without bond

Police: Man who fired rifle in Comet Ping Pong in name of 'Pizza Gate' held without bond (Courtesy Bill Hennessy)

The man who was arrested for allegedly carrying an assault rifle and firing off a round in Comet Ping Pong restaurant in Northwest Washington DC -- the same pizza place that has become the target of an online conspiracy theory involving Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and child sex trafficking -- was also found in possession of a handgun and a shotgun, DC police said Monday.

According to the police report, two of the guns were found on the scene in Comet Ping Pong and the third gun was found in the man's car. No injuries were reported in the incident.

The suspect, identified as 28-year-old Edgar Welch, from Salisbury, North Carolina, told police he was investigating "Pizza Gate", a conspiracy theory based on a fake news article, which surfaced before the election. The "Pizza Gate" theory claimed that Hillary Clinton and her campaign chief were running a child trafficking ring in the restaurant’s back rooms.

Welch is being held without bond until Thursday, according to ABC7's Tim Barber.

According to police, they received a call about a man with a gun at Comet just before 3 p.m. on Sunday. Police say Welch walked into the pizza shop and pointed the rifle at an employee. The employee was able to get away and call the police before the suspect fired at least one shot, according to authorities.

Police say when they arrived on the scene the man was taken into custody.

The restaurant remains closed on Monday, as the FBI begins an investigation.


"I really hope that all these people fanning the flames of this conspiracy theory would take a moment to contemplate what has gone on today and maybe to stop,” said Comet Ping Pong owner James Alefantis.

Welch is charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, possesion of an unregistered firearm, destruction of property and several other charges.

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