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Fake news claiming Hillary Clinton ran child sex ring led to pizza shop shooting: police

Fake news leads to pizzeria shooting in D.C.
WATCH ABOVE: Police in Washington D.C. are blaming a conspiracy theory repeated on fake news sites for a shooting that took place over the weekend. A gunman entered a pizzeria armed with an assault rifle and opened fire. As Mike Armstrong reports, the suspect claims he was driven by what he read online.

Police say a man who said he was investigating a conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton running a child sex ring out of a pizza place fired an assault rifle inside the Washington, D.C., restaurant Sunday.

Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Aquita Brown says police got a call Sunday afternoon about a male with a weapon on Connecticut Avenue, in an affluent neighborhood of the nation’s capital.

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The Washington Post reports 28-year-old Edgar Maddison Welch of Salisbury, North Carolina, walked into the front door of Comet Ping Pong and pointed a gun in the direction of a restaurant employee.

WATCH: A man allegedly walked into a Northwest D.C. pizzeria carrying an assault rifle, Metropolitan Police said, in an effort to investigate whether Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton used it as a front for a child sex ring.  

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Man arrested after walking into D.C. pizza restaurant armed to investigate Hillary Clinton
Man arrested after walking into D.C. pizza restaurant armed to investigate Hillary Clinton

The employee was able to flee and notify police. The Washington Post reported that’s when the suspect allegedly began shooting.

According to a police statement, Welch told police he’d come to the restaurant to “self-investigate” a fictitious conspiracy theory that spread online during Clinton’s run for the White House.

WATCH: D.C. pizzeria owner condemns shooting, false accusations about restaurant

D.C. pizzeria owner condemns shooting, false accusations about restaurant
D.C. pizzeria owner condemns shooting, false accusations about restaurant