Suspect Name, Mugshot Emerges In Charlottesville Car Attack That Killed 1, Injured 26

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What a horrific tragedy that occurred on Saturday in Charlottesville. When hatred and racial bigotry strike at the heart of America…they must NOT be tolerated! Justice must prevail.

Charlottesville Police have officially named James Alex Fields, Jr., 20, of Ohio as the suspected driver in an attack on a crowd of counter-protesters that killed one and injured 26 earlier today, NBC reported.

They’ve also released Fields’s mugshot:

H/T Zero Hedge:

James Alex Fields Jr., 20, from Ohio, was the driver of a 2010 gray Dodge Challenger that was driven into a crowd of counter-protesters in Charlottesville. He was booked into the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail on Saturday on suspicion of second-degree murder.

Fields was booked Saturday on suspicion of second-degree murder, malicious wounding, failure to stop for an accident involving a death, and hit and run. Fields is being held without bail after a car attack that confirms that 1 dead and 35 more were injured following a disastrous day in Charlottesville.
The attack which occurred in Charlottesville, which killed one young woman, and a helicopter crash that killed two offiers, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe had some choice words for far-right demonstrators who converged on the town:
“You came here today to hurt people and you did hurt people. But my message is clear: We are stronger than you. You have made our commonwealth stronger you will not succeed. There is no place for you here there is no place for you in America. Go home…and never come back.”
According to Fox 8 News:

The three-vehicle crash occurred on 4th Street near East Water Street.

A Dodge Challenger was traveling south on 4th Street at a high rate of speed when it rear-ended a sedan headed south on 4th Street.

The impact of that crash pushed the sedan into a minivan in front of it. The minivan had slowed for a crowd of people crossing through the intersection.

Then, the vehicles were pushed into the crowd of pedestrians. The Dodge Challenger fled the scene, but was located and stopped a short time later by Charlottesville Police.

One of the pedestrians in the crowd struck on the street, Heather D. Heyer, 32, of Charlottesville was then taken to the hospital where she was declared deceased.

There were 19 other pedestrians who suffered injuries ranging from serious to minor, who were also taken to a hospital, or treated at the scene.

The organizer of the rally on Saturday, that drew hundreds of white nationalists and various extremists to Charlottesville said he disavows the violence that eroded it.

According to AP, Jason Kessler said in an interview Saturday evening that whoever drove a car into a group of counter-protesters “did the wrong thing.” 

He said he was saddened that people were hurt. Kessler is a local blogger and activist who described the event as a pro-white rally. He planned it to protest the city’s decision to remove a Confederate monument.

Kessler criticized law enforcement’s response to the event, which was dispersed before speakers could take the stage. He said they did a poor job controlling the chaos to allow free speech.

Discussing today’s violence and tragic incident in Charlottesville, Trump called for “a swift restoration of law and order” saying “when I watch Charlottesville, to me it’s very, very sad” adding that “the hate and division must stop, and must stop right now.”


Trump also noted,
“We condemn in the possible strongest terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.  We have to come together as Americans with love for our nation and true affection for each other.”
Trump added,
“I want to salute the great work of the state and local police in Virginia … the National Guard has been working smart and working hard, they’ve been doing a terrific job.”
What a sad tragedy. Evidently right before the car attack, fistfights and screaming matches erupted between the counterprotesters and the white nationalists who showed up to protest the removal of a confederate monument.
Those clashes led to the cancellation of scheduled protests, sending demonstrators from both sides marching on nearby streets. A few hours later, a car slammed into a throng of counterprotesters.

It’s sad that some people don’t understand what the 1st Amendment actually stands for. It’s also sad that others don’t know what a ‘peaceful protest’ means. Then, there’s the idiot who had to slam his car into other cars who had stopped to cross an intersection. What a total nightmare!
A nightmare that caused at least one innocent person’s death and 19 others to be seriously hurt, including 5 still in critical condition as of Sunday at the University of Virginia Medical Center.
 Federal authorities also launched a civil rights investigation hours after the incident.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said US Attorney Rick Mountcastle is leading the investigation.

In a statement Sessions said,

“The violence and deaths in Charlottesville strike at the heart of American law and justice. When such actions arise from racial bigotry and hatred, they betray our core values and cannot be tolerated,”

He added,

“Justice will prevail.”

Let’s hope Sessions and law enforcement get to the bottom of this issue and justice is served.


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