Alleged Gunman in ‘Pizzagate’ Case Pleads Not Guilty to All Charges – ABC News

Alleged “pizzagate” gunman Edgar M. Welch pleaded not guilty this morning to all charges stemming from the incident.Welch is charged with a federal offense of interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition, a District of Columbia offense of assault with a dangerous weapon, and a D.C. offense of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence.He was arrested earlier this month after allegedly walking into a Washington pizza place with a loaded AR-15 rifle and firing shots to “investigate” the false rumors that the restaurant was harboring children.New Details Emerge in ‘Pizzagate’ Shooting as Suspect Faces Federal ChargesMan Fires Assault Rifle in Pizzeria Named in Fake-News ConspiracyThe establishment got swept up in a flurry of fake news reports and social media postings that linked the restaurant to Hillary Clinton and a trafficking ring.Michael Flynn Jr. — the son of Trump’s national security adviser pick, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn — was forced out of the Trump transition team amid the fake news controversy after he pushed the “pizzagate” conspiracy theory in a flood of tweets.On Sunday, Dec. 4, Welch got in his car and drove from his hometown in North Carolina directly to the pizzeria.In a text message to his girlfriend a few days before, Welch wrote that he had been researching the “pizzagate” conspiracy theory and it was making him “sick,” according to the criminal complaint against him.Around 3 p.m., he arrived at the restaurant, where witnesses say they saw Welch holding the rifle across his chest, according to the complaint. He was carrying a loaded assault rifle and a fully loaded .38 caliber Colt revolver, according to court documents filed by the prosecution.At that point, patrons and staff fled the building.

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