After reports have been coming out in recent weeks that millennials can’t tell the difference between real news and fake news, one Washington DC man has taken that disconnect to new heights… or lows.
A Washington DC man who was allegedly armed with an assault rifle walked into a 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 3:00 P.M. armed with the rifle, which he fired into the floor.
Via Daily Mail:
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.
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.
But what is pizza-gate? Pizza-gate is a story widely circulated on fake “news” websites and forums prior to the election that claimed Clinton had run a child sex abuse ring. Welch said storming into DC pizzeria and firing into the floor was part of his ‘investigation’ into pizza-gate conspiracy theory claiming that Hillary Clinton abused children there. Bizarre. Thankfully, no one was hurt.
The owner of Comet Ping Pong, James Alefantis said of the 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.’
America is turning into a real-life episode of South Park.
-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.
-Welch told police he went there to investigate pizza-gate conspiracy.
What Is The ‘Pizza-Gate Conspiracy’?
Pizza-gate is a story widely circulated on fake news sites and forums prior to the election that claimed Clinton had run a child sex abuse ring.
Where Is Comet Ping Pong?
Comet Ping Pong is located at 5037 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008.