CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – The man who is believed to have driven a gray Dodge Challenger into a crowd of anti-racist protesters at the “Unite the Right” event in Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday afternoon has been tentatively identified as 20-year-old James Alex Fields, Jr., of Ohio, according to CNN.
Fields, who last lived in Maumee, Ohio, has has been charged with suspicion of second-degree murder, hit-and-run, malicious wounding, and failure to stop for an accident involving a death, according to The Washington Post.
A Huffington Post reporter released a mug shot alleged to be Fields that was sent to him from the Albermale County Jail.
Albermale county jail just sent me the mugshot of today’s suspect in today’s Charlottesville tragedy. James Alex Fields Jr, 20. pic.twitter.com/ucALl7oSyi
— Sebastian Murdock (@SebastianMurdoc)August 13, 2017
Multiple sources have reported that Fields formerly served in the military and is a registered Republican.
Authorities believe Fields drove the Dodge Challenger into a crowd of people near the intersection of Water Street and 4th Street Saturday.
A 32-year-old woman was killed and at least 19 other people were injured as a result of the incident.
The University of Virginia Health System, the medical center where those injured Saturday are being treated, said that five of the patients are currently in critical condition.
As we noted earlier, one person has died. 5 patients are in critical condition, 4 in serious cond., 6 in fair, and 4 in good condition
— UVA Health System (@uvahealthnews)August 12, 2017
The violent incident was captured by multiple people present at the scene, including by Brennan Gilmore–a former U.S. Foreign Service officer and political operative who released video of the incident on Twitter.
Video of car hitting anti-racist protestors. Let there be no confusion: this was deliberate terrorism. My prayers with victims. Stay home. pic.twitter.com/MUOZs71Pf4
— Brennan Gilmore (@brennanmgilmore)August 12, 2017
This story will be updated when more information becomes available.