Signs supporting Comet Pizza outside the restaurant's door.

Signs supporting Comet Pizza outside the restaurant's door.

A North Carolina man armed with a rifle walked into D.C. pizza restaurant Comet Ping Pong on Sunday afternoon. He fired shots before he was arrested on a number of gun and property destruction charges. The gunman claims he was “self-investigating” allegations that have taken root online about the restaurant’s involvement in a Hillary Clinton-backed child sex trafficking ring. The claims have proven false, but show the far reach and real-life implications of political conspiracy theories in local communities. We talk with neighborhood business owners and residents about the reaction to the episode and their plans moving forward.


  • Lissa Muscatine Co-Owner, Politics & Prose (Washington, D.C.)
  • Malachy Nugent Chairman, ANC 3F

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