Charlottesville Car Attack Leaves At Least One Dead, 19 Injured

At least one person was killed and around 20 were injured when a car crashed into counter-protesters during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, VA on Saturday.

Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer confirmed that one person so far was killed during the violent rally, when a silver vehicle plowed through a crowd of protesters, striking people and other vehicles.

The mayor said on Twitter he was “furious” over the violence and urged everyone to go home.

AP News is reporting that law enforcement have the driver of the vehicle that struck the protesters in custody.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe earlier in the day declared a state of emergency in Charlottesville due to the violence, in which state police confirmed two injuries before 11 a.m., though the rally wasn’t set to begin until noon.

McAuliffe slammed the “Unite the Right” rally attendees for their despicable views and the chaos they caused.

“It is now clear that public safety cannot be safeguarded without additional powers, and that the mostly out-of-state protesters have come to Virginia to endanger our citizens and property,” he said in a statement. “I am disgusted by the hatred, bigotry and violence these protesters have brought to our state over the past 24 hours. The actions I have taken are intended to assist local government and restore public safety.”

The rally began on Friday night, with neo-Nazis leading a torch-lit march through the University of Virginia campus, where they made fascist salutes and chanted Nazi slogans. Photos of the event enraged and saddened Signer, who condemned it immediately.

“I have seen tonight the images of torches on the Grounds of the University of Virginia. When I think of torches, I want to think of the Statue of Liberty. When I think of candelight, I want to think of prayer vigils. Today, in 2017, we are instead seeing a cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism, and intolerance march down the lawns of the architect of our Bill of Rights. Everyone has a right under the First Amendment to express their opinion peaceably, so here’s mine: not only as the Mayor of Charlottesville, but as a UVA faculty member and alumnus, I am beyond disgusted by this unsanctioned and despicable display of visual intimidation on a college campus.”