Earlier today, we covered the development of an alt-right rally that started peacefully but then turned into something much more deadly. CNN has reported that a Dodge Charger drove through a massive crowd of protestors as the conflict between the two parties reached an all time high. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said in a press conference three people have died today.
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The driver has been taken into custody but the name has not been released. NBC News reports that a 32-year-old woman has died as a result of the vehicle running into the crowd.
The other two names of the dead have not been reported, but it is believed that they are a result the mayhem during the protest. Unnamed authorities who spoke to the press claimed that a helicopter crashed near the protest resulting in the other two deaths, but that has not been confirmed.
McAuliffe spoke frankly Saturday evening when addressing the media. “Go home … You are not wanted in this great commonwealth. Shame on you,” he said in anger.
Fifteen other protesters were also injured with their conditions ranging from critical to minor.
Footage of the driver burrowing through the protesters was captured by 37-year-old Brennan Gilmore.
“It was very clearly intentional,” Gilmore recalled from the incident. “From the far end of the street it accelerated, slowed down right before the crowd and then slammed on the gas through the crowd sending bodies flying. And then it reversed back into the street dragging bodies and clothes.”
Mayor Mike Signer took to Twitter to urge those who are still protesting to go home. “I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here. I urge all people of good will — go home,” he wrote.
The rally was scheduled to take place at noon Saturday, but violence broke out Friday evening and spewed into the early morning Saturday.
Reports of fistfights breaking out as well as yelling matchings and objects being thrown were all a part of a protest over Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s statue being removed from the city.
The President and First Lady both issued their thoughts on the matter in a Twitter post asking Americans to come together in this time of turmoil.