N.C. man told police he went to D.C. pizzeria with assault rifle to ‘self-investigate’ election-related conspiracy theory
A North Carolina man was arrested Sunday after he walked into a popular pizza restaurant in Northwest Washington carrying an assault rifle and fired one or more shots, D.C. police said. The man told police he had come to the restaurant to “self-investigate” an election-related conspiracy theory involving Hillary Clinton that spread online during her presidential campaign.
The incident caused panic, with several businesses going into lockdown as police swarmed the neighborhood after receiving the call shortly before 3 p.m.
Police said 28-year-old Edgar Maddison Welch, of Salisbury, N.C., walked in the front door of Comet Ping Pong and pointed a firearm in the direction of a restaurant employee. The employee was able to flee and notify police. Police said Welch proceeded to discharge the rifle inside the restaurant.
The shooter recently ran over a 13 year old in North Carolina who eyewitnesses say could have been avoided:
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13-year-old struck by vehicle in Salisbury, airlifted to hospital
A teenager was airlifted to a local hospital after being struck by a vehicle in Rowan County Monday evening. The incident happened just after 7:30 p.m. on the 1800 block of Harrison Road in Salisbury. Officials said 13-year-old Kenyatta Belton suffered head, torso and leg injuries.
Belton was flown to an area hospital. There is no word on his condition. Police said Edgar Welch, 28, was driving a Buick LeSabre that struck the teen. Welch stayed at the scene of the crash and waited for police.
“We got concerned and came outside, seen a bunch of people down in the road, couldn’t tell what was going on," said neighbor Charlene Swing.
Investigators have not said how the wreck may have happened or if any charges are being filed.
Police say Welch was driving 45 miles an hour, which they say is the speed limit on that stretch of road.
The victim was apparently walking with several other friends when the accident happened.
“We was walking down the road, just a normal walk, and this one car had the full road," said Sean Lankford, who was walking in the group. "We was pretty much on the white line and he wiped out one of my friends and he had the whole road to turn into even the whole other lane, even in the same lane he could have avoided him."