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Comet Ping Pong pizzeria reopens after ‘Pizzagate’ conspiracy assault

Posted: 7:30 PM, Dec 06, 2016
Updated: 2016-12-06 19:30:57-05

WASHINGTON — A pizza restaurant in Washington has reopened two days after a man stormed in with a rifle in what police say was an attempt to investigate a fake news story.

An armed man stormed Comet Ping Pong in Washington on Dec. 4, 2016, in a response to fake news stories alleging the pizza restaurant abused children. (Sharif Silmi)

An armed man stormed Comet Ping Pong in Washington on Dec. 4, 2016, in a response to fake news stories alleging the pizza restaurant abused children. (Sharif Silmi)

WTTG-TV reports owner James Alefantis spoke to reporters outside Comet Ping Pong on Tuesday evening, saying he's "overwhelmed and incredibly touched by the support of our community."

Alefantis also thanked his staff.

"My employees are an incredible group of young people and they inspire me every day," he says. "These are people who are hardworking, incredibly wonderful, generous people."

Edgar Maddison Welch of North Carolina was arrested after firing an assault rifle inside the restaurant. No one was hurt.

Police say he told them he investigating the false "Pizzagate" conspiracy, which claims prominent Democrats are running a child sex-trafficking operation there.