Grand jury indicts man in Comet Ping Pong shooting
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, a federal grand jury indicted a North Carolina man on three charges after he was arrested by police for firing several shots inside of DC pizzeria Comet Ping Pong.
The charges were the federal offense of interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition, assault with a dangerous weapon, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence.
Edgar Welch, 28, told police after his arrest that he came armed to the restaurant on Dec. 4 in order to investigate “Pizzagate”, a conspiracy theory that falsely claims Comet Ping Pong is involved in a pedophilia ring organized by high-profile Democrats.
Police say Welch fired three shots with an AR-15 inside of the restaurant, not hitting anyone. He surrendered to police after finding no evidence of a pedophilia ring. He was reportedly armed with a shotgun and a handgun as well as the AR-15 rifle.
He will appear in court on Dec. 16 for an arraignment and detention hearing.
The combined charges Welch faces carry a maximum total of 35 years in prison. They will all be prosecuted in DC’s District Court.