CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - UPDATE 8:58pm
Authorities say a 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. of Ohio has been charged with second-degree murder after driving a car through protesters at at Charlottesville Riot.
Fields also faces three counts of malicious wounding, and one count related to leaving the scene.
A woman who identified herself as the mother of the man accused of driving his car into a crowd of peaceful protesters says he told her he was going to the rally.
Samantha Bloom, of Ohio, confirmed details about her son’s car and his trip to Virginia, saying she received a text from him last week that said he’d gotten some time off from work and was going to a rally.
She said her son hadn’t given her any details about the rally but that she told him “to be careful” and to peaceful.
A bond hearing for Fields is scheduled for Monday.
Authorities are on the scene after a vehicle plowed into a group of people marching peacefully through downtown Charlottesville.
An Associated Press reporter saw at least one person on the ground receiving medical treatment immediately afterward the incident, which occurred approximately two hours after violent clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters.
The nationalists were holding the rally to protest plans by the city of Charlottesville to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
There were several hundred protesters marching in a long line when the car drove into a group of them. The driver, a man, has been arrested.
Officials say one person was killed and at least 26 were treated at local hospitals.
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