WASHINGTON – The white supremacist “Unite the Right” march that led to violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, left one person dead and 19 injured after a car slammed into a group of protesters opposed to the rally, Charlottesville police said Saturday.
Virginia State Police were investigating another incident in which a police helicopter crashed just outside the city, leaving both the pilot and passenger dead. It was not immediately clear if the air crash was connected to the rally and counter protests, although police have said that “there is no indication of foul play being a factor.”
Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer took to Twitter to “urge all people of good will--go home,” adding that he was “heartbroken that a life has been lost” in the suspected car attack.
The car plowed into a group of people protesting against the white supremacist march, in what local police chief Al Thomas called a “premeditated” and “unacceptable” attack.
He confirmed that a 32 year-old woman had been killed.
“The suspect vehicle was located moments later, and a male driver is in custody with charges pending,” Thomas added.
Authorities at the University of Virginia Medical Center confirmed that another 15 people were injured in violent clashes that morning.
In a brief appearance, US President Donald Trump condemned the violence and “hate” in the city.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides,” Trump said in a statement from Bedminster, New Jersey, where he is spending his summer vacation.
Trump added that “it has been going on for a long time in our country -- not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. It has been going on for a long, long time. It has no place in America.”
The car attack occurred around 1pm, soon after Governor McAuliffe had declared a state of emergency in the city ahead of the anticipated clashes between participants in the nationalist right wing march and counter demonstrators.
The “Unite the Right” march was organized to protest the removal of a statue honoring Gen. Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate Army in the 19th-century American Civil War.