Trump Condemns Charlottesville Violence But Doesn't Single Out White Nationalists For Blame

A vehicle drives into a group of protesters demonstrating against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville Va. Saturday Aug. 12 2017. The nationalists were holding the rally to protest plans by the city of Charlottesville to remove a statue of Con

Trump Condemns Charlottesville Violence But Doesn't Single Out White Nationalists For Blame

At least one person was killed in a multiple vehicle crash following a violent white nationalist rally on Saturday in Charlottesville in Virginia, Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer said.

Charlottesville Police Captain Victor Mitchell said earlier that police expected between 2,000 and 6,000 protesters and counter-demonstrators. Authorities confirmed to CBS News at least four people were hurt from the crash, suffering from injuries ranging from minor to life-threatening.

The footage shows three cars plowing into a group of pedestrians, with one of the vehicles pushing the other two deeper into the crowd before backing up into more people.

The suspect has been identified as 20-year-old James Fields. It hit a number of people before plowing into the bumper of another auto.

It was not immediately clear how the crash was connected to the rally.

The situation in Charlottesville, Va. appears to be degenerating as a planned rally by white supremacists has been met with large counterprotests, street fighting, armored police, and a declared state of emergency.

A "Unite the Right" white nationalist rally was held to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in the city.

But at no point did Trump mention white supremacists, white nationalists or groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis, whose participation in the event and inflammatory rhetoric precipitated numerous violent skirmishes before the fatal auto collision.

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Thomas said the hit-and-run is being treated as a case of criminal homicide.

Rescue personnel help injured people after a auto ran into a large group of protesters after an white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. He said in a statement, "Men and women from state and local agencies will be in Charlottesville [on Saturday] to keep the public safe, and their job will be made easier if Virginians, no matter how well-meaning, elect to stay away from the areas where this rally will take place".

The cause of the crash is under investigation. State police said an investigation is underway.

Police initially declared an unlawful assembly at Emancipation Park at 11:35 a.m., just before the scheduled noon start time for the rally.

President Donald Trump spoke Saturday at the Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey before signing a bill for veterans.

At no point did he condemn white nationalism or white supremacy.

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides", Trump said. "I am disgusted by the hatred, bigotry and violence these protesters have brought to our state over the past 24 hours".

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