CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. of Maumee, Ohio was arrested today shortly after crashing his charcoal gray Dodge Challenger into a crowd of counter-protestors, killing one of them and injuring 19 others.
Fields was visiting Charlottesville to congregate with fellow white nationalists at a "Unite the Right" rally to protest the removal of a General Lee statue when a large group of counter-protestors in support of the statue's removal and Black Lives Matter arrived. Tensions behind the two groups were brewing all day with many reported injuries from people fighting and throwing objects at each other.
Because of the chaos, the governor declared a state of emergency.
Behind the wheel of his car as Fields spotted a narrow street full of counter-protestors, he gassed the accelerator and plowed into the crowd before hitting a parked car, then quickly reversing out of the bloodbath he caused.
A 32-year-old woman died at the scene and 19 others were injured in the crash.
With a wrecked frontend and hundreds of eyewitnesses, Fields was quickly apprehended by police not far from the scene and placed into custody. He was charged with second degree murder, failure to stop in an accident causing death and malicious wounding at the Albemarle Regional Jail. Additional charges are expected and the FBI is also investigating.
President Trump condemned the mayhem in Charlottesville as an "egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides."
With rampant protests continuing after the fatal incident, a police helicopter that was dispatched to monitor crowds crashed for reasons currently under investigation, leaving two Virginia State troopers, Jay Cullen and Berke Bates, dead.