The driver suspected of plowing his car into counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday is in police custody. As a result of the attack, one woman was killed and 19 people were injured. Five of the victims are in critical condition.
Watch: Footage of the attack
Police in Virginia have arrested the driver suspected of plowing his car into a group of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, killing one woman and injuring 19 people, five of whom are in critical condition. The driver has been identified as 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. of Maumee, Ohio. A few hours after the attack, two Virginia State Police Department officers were killed in a helicopter crash near Charlottesville.
In an official statement, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe had a harsh message for the white supremacist groups that gathered in Charlottesville on Saturday to protest against the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert Lee from a public park: “Go home. … You are not wanted in this great commonwealth. Shame on you.” Former US President Barack Obama quoted Nelson Mandela on Twitter: “People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
After the attack, yesterday Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
Chris Mahony, who witnessed the car ramming, told CNN that he saw the car just before the attack took place: “It just sat there, looking down the road. I thought that’s a bit strange. There didn’t seem to be any other cars stopping him from going. And then a couple moments we heard a car going incredibly fast down the road and then it plowed into the crowd.”
The scene of the attack, yesterday Photo Credit: EPA
As reported by JOL yesterday, US President Donald Trump issued a statement denouncing the violence: “We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!” Former US President Bill Clinton tweeted: “Even as we protect free speech and assembly, we must condemn hatred, violence and white supremacy.” US Senator Bernie Sanders wrote: “The white nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville not is a reprehensible display of racism and hatred that has no place in our society.”