Incident Summary:

12/04/2016: An assailant opened fire inside Comet Ping Pong restaurant in Washington, District of Columbia, United States. There were no reported casualties, and the assailant was arrested at the scene. The assailant, identified as Edgar M. Welch, stated that he targeted Comet Ping Pong because he suspected that the human trafficking of children was occurring at the restaurant. Comet Ping Pong restaurant is the subject of "Pizzagate," which sources note "falsely linked Hillary Clinton to a child sex-trafficking ring."



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

District of Columbia


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Comet Ping Pong
Specific Description Restaurant
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage $5,744.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
An AR-15 assault rifle and a Colt .38-caliber revolver were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Conspiracy theory extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"The Comet Ping Pong Gunman Answers Our Reporter's Questions," The New York Times, December 7, 2016.
"Grand jury returns indictment against Edgar Welch in Comet Ping Pong incursion," The Washington Post, December 15, 2016.
"N.C. man told police he went to D.C. pizzeria with gun to investigate conspiracy theory," The Washington Post, December 5, 2016.