CRIME

Plea deal reached for man who fired shots inside DC pizzeria

FILE - This Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, file photo shows Edgar Maddison Welch, 28 of Salisbury, N.C., as he surrenders to police, in Washington. Welch, 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 restaurant. At a status hearing on Wednesday, March 15, 2017,  in U.S. District Court in Washington, lawyers said they have reached a plea deal in principle for Welch. They said they needed some more time to complete the paperwork, and U.S. District Judge Ketanji B. Jackson scheduled a plea hearing for March 24. (Sathi Soma via AP, File)

FILE - This Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, file photo shows Edgar Maddison Welch, 28 of Salisbury, N.C., as he surrenders to police, in Washington. Welch, 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 restaurant. At a status hearing on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in U.S. District Court in Washington, lawyers said they have reached a plea deal in principle for Welch. They said they needed some more time to complete the paperwork, and U.S. District Judge Ketanji B. Jackson scheduled a plea hearing for March 24. (Sathi Soma via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

A man who police said was inspired by false internet rumors to fire an assault weapon inside a Washington pizzeria has reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors.

At a status hearing Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Washington, lawyers said they have reached a plea deal in principle for 28-year-old Edgar Maddison Welch.

Authorities say Welch fired multiple shots, causing panic inside the Comet Ping Pong restaurant Dec. 4, after driving from North Carolina to investigate a conspiracy theory about Democrats harboring child sex slaves.

Terms of the plea were not discussed. Welch's lawyer declined comment after the hearing. The plea hearing will be March 24.

Welch was charged with interstate transportation of a firearm, assault with a dangerous weapon and possessing a firearm during a crime of violence.