Suspect who drove auto into crowd charged with murder at hate march

Police say 20-year-old James Alex FieldsĀ drove his Dodge ChallengerĀ into a crowd of counter-protesters as they walked in the opposite direction on the street. (SourceL CNN  Albemarle-Charlottesville County Regional Jail

The 20-year-old man was taken into custody following the deadly crash on Saturday afternoon.

James Alex Fields accused of plowing through a crowd of counter-protesters at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and now a picture is emerging of the 20-year-old who was a registered Republican and at one point a member of the military.

The auto attack occurred around 1pm, soon after a state of emergency was declared in the city for the clashes between participants in the march and those opposed to it.

Video from the scene shows pedestrians being sent flying as the vehicle barrels down an avenue, before reversing and speeding away.

On Friday night hundreds marched through the University of Virginia campus holding torches in a scene reminiscent of Ku Klux Klan gatherings that haunted America's civil rights movement.

He is being held without bail, the Post reports. An unidentified female pedestrian was killed and dozens of others were injured in the crash.

Speaking at his golf club in Bedminster, NJ, President Donald Trump spoke about the violence at a previously scheduled press conference about veterans' healthcare and said we have to "heal the wounds of our country".

Police say 19 other people reported suffering injuries from the crash.

The vehicle that plowed into a crowd of Charlottesville counter-protesters Saturday afternoon was purchased in Northern Kentucky and registered in OH, records show.

The violence prompted Gov. Terry McAuliffe to declare a state of emergency and played out against a backdrop of unofficial, armed militia groups ringing Emancipation Park, where the rally was called to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Officials said separately, two people were killed when a police helicopter involved in handling the protests crashed just outside the city.

In a video filmed by Augustus Invictus, he is seen marching with attendees commenting on their high energy and high testosterone while they were chanting "Fuck off commies this is our town now", "You will not replace us", "One people, one nation, end immigration", and "Blood and Soil".

Virginia State Police confirmed the deaths in a statement.

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