Murder Charge for Driver in Auto Attack in Charlottesville

James Alex Fields Jr
James Alex Fields Jr suspect who was arrested in plowing down protesters during

13 August, 2017

The driver who killed one person and injured many when he drove through a counter-protest at a white nationalist rally has been identified as James Alex Fields, 20, of OH, according to reports.

James Alex Fields, Jr, a registered Republican, was booked in jail on suspicaion of second-degree murder, according to the Washington Post.

A woman who identified herself as the mother of James Alex Fields says he told her he was going to the rally.

One person died and 19 were injured Saturday when a vehicle rammed a crowd of counterprotesters gathered to oppose a "Unite the Right" rally of white nationalist and other right-wing groups.

Charlottesville was under a state of emergency at the time of the incident after a day of unrest after white nationalists protested the removal of a statue of Confederate leader Robert E. Lee.

The AP is also reporting a Virginia state helicopter crash that killed two people near Charlottesville was related to the rally.

Tech reporter for The Hill Taylor Lorenz reports that police believe the suspect didn't intentionally mow down protesters out of malice intent.

The people on the scene were reportedly taking part in the anti-fascist demonstration against the "Unite the Right" rally of "alt-Right" protesters, including the white nationalists.

Speaking at his golf club in Bedminster, NJ, President Donald Trump spoke about the violence at a previously scheduled press conference about veterans' healthcare and said we have to "heal the wounds of our country".

President Trump denounced the "egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides", but drew scrutiny for not condemning the white nationalists directly.

"Our message is plain and simple: Go home".

Before the group left the university's grounds when police arrived and ruled it unlawful assembly, outraged city and UVA officials condemned Friday's gathering.

Protesters chanted "blood and soil" and "one people, one nation, end immigration" as they rallied around a statue of Thomas Jefferson, WWBT reported.

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