Officials say deadly helicopter crash near Charlottesville, VA, linked to violent rally

Postado Agosto 13, 2017

Police say his auto ploughed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting against the white nationalist rally, killing the woman and injuring at least two dozen others.

A 32-year-old woman is dead after a vehicle plowed through a crowd of counter-protesters Saturday during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

So far three people have died in the riots.

According to the details, the chaos erupted when a auto mowed down a group of rival protesters and killed at least one person in a flare-up of violence that challenged US President Donald Trump.

Helicopters were reported flying overhead in Charlottesville as Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency after what is believed to be the largest gathering of white nationalists in a decade. "No matter our colour, creed, religion, our political party, we are all Americans first", he said, adding that he'd like for his administration to "study" why such violence is occurring.

A counter-protester was killed when a grey Dodge Challenger plowed into a crowd, and two Virginia State Police officers were killed when their helicopter crashed later in the day.

The auto ramming killed a 32-year-old woman and wounded 19 people, including some with life-threatening injuries. A spokeswoman for the University of Virginia Medical Center said that 19 others were treated for injuries related to the accident.

Far-right activists organised the event on Friday to protest against Charlottesville's plans to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E Lee from the city.

Authorities at the University of Virginia Medical Center confirmed the death following the auto attack as well as the 19 it injured and who are being treated there. But my message is clear: "We are stronger than you".

Some criticised Mr Trump for his seeming reluctance to specifically blame the white supremacists. David Duke told reporters in Charlottesville that the rally was a turning point in fulfilling Trump's promise to take America back.