Charlottesville Rally Turns Deadly: One Killed after Car Strikes Crowd

by PHIL MCCAUSLAND and EMMANUELLE SALIBA

One person was killed and 19 were injured in Charlottesville, Virginia, after a car plowed through a group of counter-protesters who were demonstrating against an alt-right and white supremacists rally.

A spokesperson for University of Virginia Hospital told NBC News that 20 patients were admitted to the hospital — 19 injuries and one fatality. Her words confirmed a tweet sent by Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer that said someone had been killed.Described as a group of “anti-racist protesters” by a witness who took video of the crash, the group of marchers were packed close together at the end of a street near the intersection of Fourth Street and Water Street in downtown Charlottesville.Brennan Gilmore, a 37-year-old who works for a start up, shot the footage and said he heard tires squealing before he saw a gray Dodge Charger build up speed and ram the crowd. It hit a number of people before plowing into the bumper of another car.

“It was very clearly intentional,” Gilmore told NBC News. “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.”

The car then backed up and fled the scene.Different groups of protesters clashed with hundreds of white nationalists, Ku Klux Klan members and neo-Nazis throughout the day ahead of the noon rally, but they began to disperse after Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency and police told attendees to depart.

Police reported that eight were injured in those scuffles and one person was arrested.http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/charlottesville-rally-turns-deadly-one-killed-after-car-strikes-crowd-n792116?cid=sm_npd_nn_fb_ma

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