CRIME

The Latest: Federal charges for man who fired in pizzeria

The Latest on a man who fired a rifle in a pizza restaurant while investigating an internet conspiracy theory (all times local):

9:50 a.m.

A North Carolina man who fired an assault rifle multiple times inside a pizza restaurant in the nation's capital while investigating the internet conspiracy theory known as "pizzagate" will face federal charges.

Edgar Maddison Welch of Salisbury, North Carolina, appeared briefly in Superior Court in the District of Columbia on Tuesday.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sonali Patel told a judge that prosecutors are dismissing the local charges because they have obtained a federal arrest warrant. Patel didn't detail the federal charges. It's not clear when Welch will appear in federal court.

The 28-year-old Welch has been in jail since the Dec. 4 shooting at Comet Ping Pong, which has been falsely rumored to be the site of a child sex trafficking ring run by prominent Democrats.

Welch's parents were in court, but declined to speak to a reporter.

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3:45 a.m.

A North Carolina man who fired an assault rifle multiple times inside a pizza restaurant in the nation's capital while investigating an internet conspiracy theory is expected in court for a hearing on whether he should stay in jail while he awaits trial.

Edgar Maddison Welch of Salisbury, North Carolina, is expected in Superior Court in the District of Columbia on Tuesday. The 28-year-old Welch has been in jail since the Dec. 4 shooting at Comet Ping Pong, which has been falsely rumored to be the site of a child sex trafficking ring run by prominent Democrats.

Police say Welch acknowledged coming to "self-investigate" the conspiracy theory and surrendered "when he found no evidence that underage children were being harbored in the restaurant." No one was hurt.