CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA (ALBOENEWS) — A vehicle has plowed into a group of counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, according to witnesses and media reports.
The incident occurred Saturday afternoon during another day of intense protests that have been condemned by leaders on the left and the right, including the President.
According to the Associated Press, the vehicle “drove through” the demonstrators. We are hearing of many injuries.
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The group the vehicle plowed into were protesting against white nationalist protests that have been occurring.
UPDATE: We are hearing reports of at least seven injured.
The Associated Press is reporting that state officials have the driver in custody. At least 19 have been injured, and there is also one confirmed death.
In a statement to the media, the Charlottesville Police Chief said that the one death from Saturday’s incident was a 32- year- old woman who was crossing the street. She is not identified at this time, and they are still notifying her next of kin.
CNN is reporting that the suspect has been identified as 20 year-old James Alex Fields Jr. Fields has been charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and failing to stop at the scene of an accident that resulted in a death, according to The Daily Progress.
The Daily Progress in Charlottesville is also reporting the the City Council has approved an emergency ordinance that allows Police Chief Al Thomas to “regulate, restrict or prohibit any assembly of persons, or the movement of persons or vehicles” on any public property. The Chief has yet to announce any actions along these lines however.
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