The Mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia has confirmed via Twitter that at least one person has died in connection with the protests and counter-protests in his town. As we reported earlier, there was a vicious car attack on protesters, and multiple other vehicle incidents reported. Additionally, there have been many physical altercations, fights, and violent arrests.
The mayor did not say what caused the death.
I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here. I urge all people of good will–go home.
— Mike Signer (@MikeSigner) August 12, 2017
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) August 12, 2017
Many outlets and reporters are attributing the death to the car incident but I haven’t seen that confirmed by authorities at this point.
UPDATE: Cause of the death and injuries confirmed. It was the car that mowed into protesters (CONTENT WARNING).
BREAKING: Hospital official says one dead, 19 injured after car plows into a group of protesters in downtown Charlottesville, Va.
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 12, 2017