One person was killed, and 19 others were injured when a pair of cars intentionally drove into a crowd of counterprotesters in Charlottesville, VA, the New York Times reports. The violence erupted amid a planned Unite the Right rally over the town’s decision to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee. The Associated Press shared a video of the car driving into the crowd (warning: video is extremely graphic). Mayor Mike Singer confirmed on NBC’s Meet The Press that the victim was Heather Heyer, a Charlottesville resident who was 32 years old.
The Virginia State Police confirmed that one person was dead and that the crash will be investigated as vehicular homicide. At a press conference on Saturday evening, the Charlottesville police chief stated that the violence was “premeditated.”
UPDATE: 3 fatalities in C-Ville today – 1 in crash being investigated as vehicular homicide & 2 in helicopter crash in Albemarle Co. pic.twitter.com/hldckqBWTw
— VA State Police (@VSPPIO) August 12, 2017
Charlottesville police chief says violence was “premeditated,” suspect is in custody https://t.co/rtTBkVpHdc
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 12, 2017
14 other people were injured in violence between white nationalist protesters and counterprotesters. The police chief confirmed that no injuries resulted from “engagement with law enforcement.” The white nationalist rally brought out members of the alt-right, white supremacists, Neo-Nazis, and the KKK. Former Klan leader David Duke was in attendance, as was alt-right leader Richard Spencer, whose arrest was captured on social media but has not been confirmed by new outlets. The counterprotesters included Antifa, members of the local clergy and religious groups, and Black Lives Matter activists, among others. None of the 14 injuries sustained from fights between protesters were life-threatening.
The driver of the car is in police custody. He …read more