Grand jury indicts Comet Ping Pong gunman on 3 charges

Image 1 of 2

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A man inspired by an internet conspiracy theory to fire an assault weapon inside a pizza restaurant has been indicted on three charges by a grand jury.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in the nation's capital says 28-year-old Edgar Maddison Welch of Salisbury, North Carolina, will be prosecuted on charges of interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition, punishable by up to 10 years in prison; assault with a dangerous weapon, also punishable by 10 years; and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence, which carries a maximum of 15 years in prison.

Welch is scheduled to return to federal court on Friday.

Related Stories:

Man who fired shots in DC pizzeria to face federal charges

#StandWithComet event brings outpouring of support to DC restaurant following 'Pizzagate' shooting

Pizza shop gunman says he regrets how he handled situation; hearing continued until next week

Comet Ping Pong reopens following 'Pizzagate' shooting scare

Police: Comet Ping Pong gunman wanted to 'rescue' child sex slaves, found no evidence

Police: Suspect 'investigating' conspiracy theory arrested after firing shot inside DC pizzeria

DC pizza shop harassed, threatened online after being victim of fake news stories