'I Am Heartbroken That a Life Has Been Lost Here'
Charlottesville, Virginia Mayor Mike Signer says one person has died after a car plowed into a group of counter-protestors after state and local officials ordered a white supremacist rally shut down.
I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here. I urge all people of good will--go home.â€” Mike Signer (@MikeSigner) August 12, 2017
The Associated Press confirms the death, and adds 19 were also injured.
BREAKING: Hospital official says one dead, 19 injured after car plows into a group of protesters in downtown Charlottesville, Va.â€” The Associated Press (@AP) August 12, 2017
Police have not officially stated if the incident was an accident or intentional, but multiple videos taken by witnesses on the scene appear to show it was not accidental. The car rapidly backed up and tried to escape.
Video of car hitting anti-racist protestors. Let there be no confusion: this was deliberate terrorism. My prayers with victims. Stay home. pic.twitter.com/MUOZs71Pf4â€” Brennan Gilmore (@brennanmgilmore) August 12, 2017
Minutes ago President Donald Trump refused to denounce white supremacism or white nationalism, yet said hate, bigotry, and violence comes from "many sides."
The Daily Progress, the local Charlottesville news media outlet, has published important but disturbing images of the attack. We encore those interested to take a look.
Mayor Mike Signer says one person has died after a car plowed through a crowd of counter-protesters. https://t.co/RkzG8tlMRwâ€” The Daily Progress (@DailyProgress) August 12, 2017
BNO News was first to report the mayor's announcement.
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