Police are investigating a fatal auto crash that took place this afternoon at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville as a homicide and have charged a suspect with second-degree murder in the killing.
Authorities have identified the suspect who allegedly plowed through a crowd of pedestrians during a white nationalist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing a woman, as James Alex Fields, Jr., according authorities.
It was not immediately clear whether the driver of the vehicle acted intentionally, but Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas said at a Saturday evening press conference that charges were pending and the situation was being treated "as a criminal homicide".
He is in custody at Charlottesville County Regional Jail.
He is being held without bail, the Post reports. Her name was not released.
Police say 19 other people reported suffering injuries from the crash.
A helicopter crash that killed the pilot and a passenger later in the afternoon outside Charlottesville also was linked to the rally by State Police, though officials did not elaborate on how the crash was connected.
The group had gathered to protest plans to remove a statue of the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
"What the world saw today is not the place Charlottesville is", Thomas said of the violence that preceded the scheduled rally. By Saturday afternoon, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency.