Vehicle plows into crowd following Virginia white nationalist rally, driver in custody

Vehicle plows into crowd following Virginia white nationalist rally, driver in custody

The alleged driver of the auto that plowed into a group of counterprotesters in Charlottesville has been booked on suspicion of second-degree murder.

The suspect in a deadly crash near a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, has been identified as James Alex Fields Jr., of Maumee, Ohio, CNN reports.

Police are investigating a fatal auto crash that took place this afternoon at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville as a homicide and have charged a suspect with second-degree murder in the killing.

Virginia state police also said one of their agency's helicopters crashed Saturday outside Charlottesville, killing two troopers. Kumer says he doesn't believe Fields has obtained an attorney yet. Her identity has not been released to the public yet because her next of kin have not yet been notified.

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Expand Collapse The Dodge Challenger with Ohio license plates barrels toward the crowd in Charlottesville Saturday

White supremacists clashed with counter protesters during the "Unite the Right" rally, which was protesting the proposed removal of a Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

Police said Lieutenant H Jay Cullen of Midlothian and Trooper-Pilot Burke M.M. Bates of Quinton were killed in the crash.

"What the world saw today is not the place Charlottesville is", Thomas said of the violence that preceded the scheduled rally.

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