One Dead After Car Strikes Crowd At Virginia White Supremacist Rally

One Dead After Car Strikes Crowd At Virginia White Supremacist Rally

Nineteen people are being treated for serious wounds and five are said to be in a critical condition. "There's been more open racism, more hate, more bigotry - and it's prevalent and it's scary".

"On behalf of the Albemarle Board of Supervisors and County staff, I would like to offer sincere condolences to the family, friends and coworkers of the victims of the violence that occurred in our community today", said Diantha McKeel, Chair of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. Foul play is not suspected in the crash. Late Saturday, the Department of Justice and FBI launched a federal civil rights investigation into the deadly car attack.

Rescue workers assist people injured when a car rammed through the crowds. Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan denounced the white supremacist views "fuelling the spectacle" as "repugnant". "Troy Dunigan, 21, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct; Jacob L. Smith, 21, of Louisa, Virginia, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault and battery; James M. O'Brien, 44, of Gainesville, Florida, was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed handgun", the statement published on Facebook read. The demonstrations began on Friday night when white nationalists gathered to protest the city's decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Earlier in the day, thousands of far-right protesters clashed with groups that opposed them ahead of a "Unite the Right" in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was to be held at Emancipation Park, formerly known as Lee Park.

Virginia State Police confirm that a helicopter has crashed near Charlottesville, Virginia, report a helicopter crashed, killing two people. Virginia State Police said injuries ranged from life-threatening to minor.