‘Pizza Gate’ gunman from NC says he regrets how he handled the situation

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The sign for the Comet Ping Pong restaurant is seen in Washingon, DC, on December 5, 2016. An assault rifle-wielding gunman's appearance at a Washington pizzeria that was falsely reported to house a pedophile ring has elevated worries over the unrelenting rise of fake news and malicious gossip on the internet. No one was injured when 28-year-old Edgar Maddison Welch strode into the Comet Ping Pong restaurant, packed with families on a Sunday afternoon, and fired off a round from his AR-15. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

SALISBURY, N.C. – The “Pizza Gate” gunman from North Carolina recently told the New York Times that he regrets how he handled the situation.

Edgar Maddison Welch, 28, of Salisbury, was arrested Sunday with a firearm at a Washington, DC pizzeria admitted he had come to investigate an online conspiracy theory.

Police said the suspect traveled to the restaurant from North Carolina to self-investigate “Pizza Gate,” a fictitious online conspiracy theory.

“Pizza Gate” is a name given to the online false news stories begun last month that charged the Comet Ping Pong restaurant and its owner were involved in a child sex operation.

The owner has vehemently denied the charges, but they continued to proliferate online. The owner and employees said they were repeatedly threatened on social media.

Two firearms were recovered inside the restaurant, and an additional weapon was recovered from the suspect’s vehicle police said.

“I just wanted to do some good and went about it the wrong way,” Welch told the New York Times.

Police said Welch has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon.