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'Pizza Gate' Shooter: 'I Regret How I Handled the Situation'

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Edgar Maddison Welch, 28, of Salisbury, N.C., surrenders to police Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Sathi Soma)

By    |   Wednesday, 07 Dec 2016 09:25 PM

The 28-year-old man charged with assault after firing shots inside a Washington, D.C., pizza restaurant told The New York Times he regrets how he went about trying to investigate the online claims it was operating a child sex slave ring.

"I regret how I handled the situation," Edgar Maddison Welch of Salisbury, N.C., told The Times via a videoconference feed Wednesday.

Times reporter Adam Goldman said Welch appeared downcast and distracted at times during the 45-minute interview as he detailed how he left his wife and children Sunday morning and drove to the nation's capital to look into false online claims Comet Ping Pong was operating the sex ring.

"I just wanted to do some good and went about it the wrong way," Welch said.

He said had intended simply to go to the pizzeria to get a "closer look" so he could return home, and "shed some light on it." But he suddenly decided to change his plans once he arrived, though he would not say why he took an AR-15 rifle with him.

He fired shots inside the building, but did not injure anyone, and surrendered peacefully to police once he found no children inside.

"The intel on this wasn't 100 percent," Welch said, but did not say he is now convinced the online claims are not true. He admitted only no children were "inside that dwelling."

Welch said he had originally heard the "Pizza Gate" story by word of mouth claims the supposed sex ring involved Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her campaign chairman John Podesta. He then had internet service installed in his home and was able to look into the story further.

He said he has registered as a Republican in the past but did not vote in November's presidential election.

Welch said he listens to Alex Jones' radio show, and although Jones "touches on some issues that are viable," he "goes off the deep end on some things."

Welch, whom The Times described as soft-spoken, said he misses his children during his time in jail. He is a fan of the outdoors and has become more religious in recent years.

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The 28-year-old man charged with assault after firing shots inside a Washington, D.C., pizza restaurant told The New York Times he regrets how he went about trying to investigate the online claims it was operating a child sex slave ring.
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