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UPDATE: Vehicle plows into crowd at Virginia rally

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UPDATE: Charlottesville Police arrest a suspect after a car plows  into counter-protesters at white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, VA. 

James Alex Fields, Jr. is charged with second degree murder, malicious wounding and hit and run. 

Police say Fields is 20 years old and from Ohio. 

Fields is being held without bond. 

Police are reporting three people dead and more than 30 injured following the hit and run.


UPDATE: At least one person dead and 19 injured after car drives into counter-protesters at white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, VA. 

A witness said the driver slammed on the gas through the crowd and sent people flying. The witness goes on to say the driver put the car in reverse and backed-up the street with its front bumper dragging and a few people chasing after it. 

It happened two hours after violent clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters.  


 A vehicle plows into a group of counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia. 

The rally was expected to draw up to 6,000 people. There are no details on the number of injuries at this time. 

Virginia's governor declared a state of emergency in response to the white nationalist rally prior to the incident on Saturday.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe said via his Twitter account on Saturday morning that the declaration was made in order "to aid state response to violence" at the rally in Charlottesville, about 100 miles outside of Washington, D.C.

It's the latest confrontation in the city since it voted earlier this year to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a downtown park.

The city's manager also declared a local emergency and police ordered people to disperse from the area around the statue after several violent clashes broke out.



CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Hundreds of people are facing off in Charlottesville ahead of a white nationalist rally planned in the Virginia city's downtown.

Rally supporters and counter-protesters screamed, chanted, threw punches, hurled water bottles and unleashed chemical sprays on each other Saturday morning.

Men dressed in militia uniforms were carrying shields and openly carrying long guns.

Right-wing blogger Jason Kessler planned what he called a "pro-white" rally to protest Charlottesville's decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a city park. Thousands of people are expected to pack the area.

There were also fights Friday night, when hundreds of white nationalists marched through the University of Virginia campus carrying torches.

A university spokesman said one person was arrested and several people were injured.
 

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