Charlottesville: Driver slams through crowd, 1 killed 19 injured (Suspect ID'd: James Alex Fields)

Charlottesville: Driver slams through crowd, 1 killed 19 injured (Suspect ID'd: James Alex Fields)

[Note: Numerous updates below. The suspect in the deadly attack has been identified as James Alex Fields Jr., age 20.]

Jazz wrote about the Citronella Nazi march that took place last night. Today there was a much larger gathering in downtown Charlottesville and at times it turned into an all-out brawl in the streets:


The LA Times reports that at least 8 people were injured in various melees. There was also what appeared to many witnesses to be an intentional attack by someone who drove a car into a group of counter-protesters on a narrow street. Be warned: This video is very graphic. Someone, maybe the person shooting this video, can be heard saying “That Nazi just drove into people.” It’s not clear what that statement was based on. The driver of the car then backs up and drives away.

RT has video of the scene immediately following the attack and it is disturbing. There appear to be multiple people lying injured in the street as others shout for help. This looks like the aftermath of one of the terrorist attacks in Europe.

Emergency services personnel responded to the scene:

Business Insider cited this tweet from the mayor of Charlottesville saying a life had been lost:


Meanwhile, there is still some confusion over whether this was intentional or not. From a reporter who was on the scene:

Here’s a Washington Post reporter who was on the scene. He also heard from witnesses that this was an intentional attack but notes that police are not certain of this yet:

To be clear, I’m not disputing the eyewitnesses accounts, just noting that, so far, the police seem less confident. Given that the driver is in custody and at least one person has apparently died, I’m sure police will find out exactly what happened. Meanwhile, the Governor of Virginia has declared a state of emergency:


I’ll update this post once more information becomes available.

Update: This photo

The Associated Press reports: “A hospital official says one person has died and 19 were injured after a car plowed into a group of protesters in Charlottesville.”

Update: Trump gave a brief speech in response to the violence.

Update: Fox News now reporting this was intentional. Most other outlets still saying police aren’t certain.

Update: This seems to be the basis of that Fox News report about this being collaborated. This person says there was no license plate on the car but there clearly was one on the back of the car as you can see in the picture above.

Update: A police helicopter has crashed near Charlottesville.

The Daily Progress is reporting two people were killed in the crash.


Update: Police now calling this a “criminal homicide investigation” per NBC News:

Update: From a CBS reporter, some information on the victim who died:

Update: ABC News now reporting 3 people have died.

Clarification from NBC: One 32-year-old woman killed by the Challenger driver, two fatalities from the helicopter crash:

Update: Suspect identified.

Here’s the mugshot:


Update: A photo of the victim:

And the FBI is opening a federal civil rights investigation:

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John Stossel 6:41 PM on November 28, 2023