A 32-year-old woman is dead after a car plowed through a crowd of counter-protesters Saturday during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. As of Saturday evening, 35 people have been treated for injuries, some life-threatening; with 19 of those injuries directly connected to the vehicle that killed the woman as she was crossing the street.
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) August 12, 2017
Two other deaths are connected to the alt-right rally: A helicopter affiliated with State Police crashed outside of Charlottesville, killing the pilot and its passenger. It is known known precisely how the helicopter was connected to the violent rally, according to the Boston Globe.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe gave a press conference Saturday evening addressing the harrowing events of the preceding day. He credited a strong and measured response by local law enforcement and the National Guard with preventing further tragedies.
He also had a strong message for the white nationalists who descended on the college town with torches Friday night, many carrying Nazi or Confederate flags.
“Go home,” he said. “There is no place for you here. There is no place for you in America.”
“Shame on you,” the governor continued. “You pretend that you are patriots, but you are anything but a patriot.”
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/MUOZs71Pf4
— Brennan Gilmore (@brennanmgilmore) August 12, 2017
Charlottesville Police Chief announced in the press conference that a 32-year-old woman had been killed in what he described as a “premeditated” act of vehicular violence, and said a male suspect was in custody. Law enforcement is treating the death as a criminal homicide, and have withheld the victim’s name pending notification of her family. The identity of the suspect has not yet been released.
Charlottesville police chief says violence was "premeditated," suspect is in custody https://t.co/rtTBkVpHdc
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 12, 2017
Governor McCauliffe declared a state of emergency in Charlottesville early Saturday.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.