3 Dead and Dozens Injured After Violent White-Nationalist Rally in Virginia
Three people are dead and at least 33 injured after a series of violent attack exploded at a white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday. In the most bizarre incident, 20-year-old white nationalist James Alex Fields runs his car into a group of counterprotestors, killing one person, 32-year-old Heather Heyer, and injuring 19. Fields has been charged with second-degree murder, and the Department of Justice announced a civil rights investigation into the incident.
Two state troopers were also killed when their helicopter, which had been assisting with the police response to the rally, crashed outside the city later in the day.
The violent clashes in Charlottesville injured at least another 14 people beyond the car attack, and led Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe to declare a state of emergency late Saturday morning. President Trump also spoke out against the violence, though not the rally, in a tweet and in an afternoon statement to reporters.