Car Attack in Charlottesville Ruled a Homicide. Police Chief Says Act Was ‘Premeditated’

On Saturday afternoon, participants of the “Unite the Right” rally and counter-protesters clashed in the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia.

Violence broke out on several occasions. As the situation continued to spiral out of control, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency.

But things went to the next level when a car plowed into a group of counter-protesters:

The horrifying moment was captured in many photos, with the following being the most gripping of them all:

The incident resulted in one death. Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas delivered the latest on the situation.

“The premeditated violence that our community experienced today was completely unacceptable. The situation escalated rapidly into violence and we had no choice but to deploy additional personnel from the Virginia State Police, the Virginia National Guard, to help disperse the crowd and move people safely through the streets,” Thomas said. “None of the injuries sustained today were due to engagement with law enforcement. As of late this afternoon, there have been at least 35 people treated for injuries by city personnel.”

The fatality that came from the vehicle was a 32-year-old female pedestrian who was crossing the street. At this time, she has not been identified.

Thomas added: “The suspect vehicle that left the scene of the crash was located moments later, and the male driver is in custody with charges pending. We are currently treating this as a criminal homicide investigation.”