Suspect in auto attack at Virginia rally possibly identified

Elias Hubbard
August 13, 2017

At least one person was reported dead and 26 injured.

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer released a statement referring to Friday's rally as a "cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism, and intolerance march down the lawns of the architect of our Bill of Rights".

Several hundred protesters were marching when the vehicle appeared to deliberately drive into a group of them, The Associated Press reported.

Matt Korbon, a 22-year-old University of Virginia student, said several hundred counter-protesters were marching when "suddenly there was just this tire screeching sound". A silver sedan smashed into another auto, then backed up, plowing through "a sea of people".

Suspect in auto attack at Virginia rally possibly identified
Suspect in auto attack at Virginia rally possibly identified

One person died and 19 were injured Saturday when a auto rammed a crowd of counterprotesters gathered to oppose a "Unite the Right" rally of white nationalist and other right-wing groups. Those left standing scattered, screaming and running for safety in different directions. It remains unclear if the driver of the vehicle has been apprehended.

The march came hours before a Saturday rally that police anticipate will attract as many as 2,000 to 6,000 people, in an event that could be the "largest hate-gathering of it's kind in decades in the United States", as described by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Supporters and protesters were seen gathering Saturday morning at the rally site.

Right-wing blogger Jason Kessler had called for what he termed a "pro-white" rally to protest the city of Charlottesville's decision to remove the confederate statue from a downtown park.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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