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A Look At Edgar Maddison Welch, The Accused 'PizzaGate' Shooter Inspired By Fake News


By now, you've probably heard at least pieces of a bizarre tale that's been dubbed "PizzaGate."  The story was fueled by conspiracy theorists on social media and fake news sites, and  involved false claims of a child sex ring that was supposedly operating in tunnels beneath a Washington, DC., restaurant called Comet Ping Pong. The pre-election conspiracy stories alleged that Hillary Clinton was behind the supposed sex ring. 

On Sunday, another figure emerged in this strange drama  - one from much closer to home.  28-year old Edgar Maddison Welch of Salisbury was arrested in the nation's capital. Police said he walked into the Comet Ping Pong carrying several weapons, including an AR-15 assault-style rifle - and fired inside the restaurant. Welch reportedly told investigators he drove to Washington, DC, to see if child sex slaves were being held captive. If so, he wanted to rescue them.

So, who is Edgar Welch? Josh Bergeron of the Salisbury Post has been looking into that and spoke to WFAE's Mark Rumsey.