Violence breaks out in Charlottesville, 1 dead after car plows into protesters

UPDATE 3:01 PM: State official says driver of car that plowed into group of protesters in Charlottesville is in custody.

2:50 PM: Hospital official says one dead, 19 injured after car plows into a group of protesters in downtown Charlottesville.

1:21 PM: Eyewitness reports are coming in of a car plowing into pedestrians and other vehicles in the street in Charlottesville.  Video of the incident has been posted on Twitter.  Injuries range from minor to life threatening.  This is a developing story.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – Hundreds of people are facing off in Charlottesville ahead of a white nationalist rally planned in the Virginia city’s downtown.

Rally supporters and counter-protesters screamed, chanted, threw punches, hurled water bottles and unleashed chemical sprays on each other Saturday morning.

Men dressed in militia uniforms were carrying shields and openly carrying long guns.

Right-wing blogger Jason Kessler says he planned what he calls a “pro-white” rally to protest Charlottesville’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a city park.

Thousands of people are expected to pack the area.

There were also fights Friday night, when hundreds of white nationalists marched through the University of Virginia campus carrying torches.

A university spokesman said one person was arrested and several people were injured.

Mississippi Congressman Bennie Thompson expressed his remarks on Twitter this morning regarding the incident.

President Trump also took to Twitter to give his remarks on the violence.

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