On Saturday night, a 52-year-old Baltimore man was arrested for discharging his firearm at the Charlottesville rally earlier this month. Footage from the rally shows the suspect clocking his gun and firing one shot toward a crowd of counter-protesters.
About two weeks after the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia police announced Saturday that another suspect has been arrested. In a video filmed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia, the suspect, a far-right protester, is seen pulling out a firearm and shooting at counter-protesters amid a verbal altercation between the two sides.
The video shows the protesters marching when suddenly an object is thrown at them. A few seconds later, a man wearing a load-bearing vest starts yelling and cursing at the counter-protesters. He then pulls out his gun, cocks it and fires one shot toward the protesters before rejoining his fellow marchers.
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The Virginia State Police confirmed that officers were not far away when the shooting occurred, as seen in the video. However, the officers claimed that they did not notice the altercation. “From where they were standing, none was witness to the incident,” Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller told CNN. “Nor did they hear the single shot being fired because it was muffled by the loud volume of the crowd yelling and chanting, drums and music. Had any one of our troopers witnessed that incident, they would have immediately acted.”
The suspect has been identified as 52-year-old Richard Wilson Preston, a senior member of the KKK group in Baltimore. Even though Preston was captured on video firing his gun toward counter-protesters, he was only charged with firing a gun within 1,000 feet of a school.