United States launches federal probe into Charlottesville deadly auto ramming

United States launches federal probe into Charlottesville deadly auto ramming

United States launches federal probe into Charlottesville deadly auto ramming

A white nationalist rally turned violent in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12.

The Bell 407 helicopter with two people on board crashed 7 miles south west of Charlottesville, Jim Peters, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said in an email.

A 32-year-old woman died and 19 people were injured when a vehicle plowed into a group described by a witness as "anti-racist protesters" near the intersection of 4th and Water streets downtown, officials said.

Details of the other two deaths were not immediately released. They shouted epithets and slogans such as "white lives matter", a take on the grass-roots organization Black Lives Matter, which was created after several killings of black Americas by police officers.

At least 35 people had been treated for injuries, ranging from life-threatening to minor, Thomas said.

The "Unite the Right" demonstrations began on Friday in Charlottesville with white nationalists marching through town and while carrying lit torches.

Addressing the fatalities that resulted from the day's events, McAuliffe again addressed those who he said "pretend" they are "patriots".

Spencer also said he found President Donald Trump's comments on the Charlottesville violence to be "rather vague and kind of lame".

About the vicious auto attack, Mayor Mike Signer made the announcement on Twitter, saying he was "heartbroken that a life has been lost here". "It was very clearly intentional", Brennan Gilmore told NBC News.

"I saw at least two or three people fly over the hood of his vehicle and then he hit another auto that was parked in front of him", said a bystander.

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Shortly after the rally had been canceled in Charlottesville, a auto rammed into people in a street as they appeared to be leaving a counterprotest rally.

Virginia State Police later announced that they had arrested three other men in connection with the rally, held at Charlottesville's Emancipation Park.

"You came here today to hurt people and you did hurt people, but my message is clear - we are stronger than you".

Meantime, Mr Trump addressed the "terrible" tragedy, speaking a press conference in New Jersey. "We love our country, we love our God, we love our flag, we're proud of our country, we're proud of who we are", Trump said. It has been going on for a long, long time. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. "It's been going on for a long, long time".

After completing his statement and the bill signing, Trump then walked out of the room.

When asked what the President meant by "on many sides", a White House spokesperson responded: "The President was condemning hatred, bigotry and violence from all sources and all sides".

Elected leaders in Virginia and elsewhere urged peace, blasting the white supremacist views on display in Charlottesville as ugly. "As one of the oldest and largest racial justice organizations in our country, we understand the human devastation discrimination brings, and the urgency of acting now to combat discrimination and hate". We are stronger than you. "Lets come together as one!"

"Hate and division in the country must stop".

"You're all among the best this nation produces", Trump said in a Twitter message.

Police arrived on campus, declared it an unlawful assembly, and ordered the crowds to disperse.

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