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Armed man enters D.C. pizza parlor, inspired by fake news

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Police shut down Connecticut Avenue, one of Washington, D.C.'s main arteries, after the incident Sunday. PHOTO: JIM LO SCALZO/EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

A man armed with an assault rifle entered a pizza parlor in an upscale Washington, D.C., neighborhood Sunday apparently inspired by a false news report that the establishment was working with Hillary Clinton to run a child sex ring.

Edgar Maddison Welch, of Salisbury, N.C., told police he walked in the front door of Comet Ping Pong in Chevy Chase and pointed a firearm in the direction of a restaurant employee in an attempt to "self-investigate" the conspiracy theory that circulated online during Clinton's campaign.

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