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Witnesses told police that they heard Welch fire three times inside the restaurant. He surrendered peacefully after finding no evidence of sex trafficking.
New York Times reported in November that Pizzagate appeared to have come from the email hacking of Hillary Clinton’s former presidential campaign chair, John Podesta, who casually knows the owner.
Podesta and he previously shared emails about a fundraiser, which in turn ramped up speculation about a child-abuse ring that gained momentum on internet message boards despite there being no validity to it.