At least one dead after car plows into group protesting against white supremacists

At least one person has died after a car plowed through a group of people protesting against the Unite the Right rally that had been cancelled earlier on Saturday. The Charlottseville mayor confirmed the news Saturday afternoon.

“I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here. I urge all people of good will–go home,” Mayor Mike Signer tweeted.

CBS News reports there were multiple other injuries which “range from minor to life-threatening.” It’s unclear exactly how many people sustained life-threatening injuries however. Videos of the incident can be seen here, but some may find the footage disturbing.

The driver was arrested and the car was seen sitting abandoned in the street, heavily damaged a little later.

According to The Hill’s Taylor Lorenz, the cops aren’t convinced the driver meant to ram the car through the crowd.

“The driver was taken into police custody right after the incident,” Lorenz tweeted. “Police say the car was covered in dents prior and apparently hit by a bat.”

“Anyway several police officers at the station here think the guy running people down wasn’t malicious. They said the driver was scared,” Lorenz said, “His car was being swarmed by protesters and some of them were getting violent (like the guy who punched me/threw me down.”

From the video it doesn’t really look like that was the case. It very much looks like the car went speeding down the street and ran right into several people and a car. Then backed away and drove off in the opposite direction.

Whether or not it was intentional — which again, it definitely looks like it was — the driver still killed someone.

UPDATE: Charlottesville police say the act was in fact premeditated.

From WaPo:

The car is registered to 20-year-old James Alex Fields of Ohio, according to vehicle registration records reviewed by The Washington Post. Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail Superintendent Martin Kumer told The Post that a man with the same name and age was booked Saturday on suspicion of second-degree murder, malicious wounding, failure to stop for an accident involving a death, and hit and run. Kumer said Fields is being held without bail.

[Screen shot via Brennan Gilmore]