Charlottesville mayor says car-ramming incident ‘terrorist attack with car used as weapon’
Both the mayor of Charlottesville, Mike Signer, and President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Gen. H.R. McMaster, have labeled the car attack at a Virginia rally on Saturday an act of terrorism. Police have not made any statements about the motive of the driver yet.
The incident occurred at a white supremacists' rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, when a car rammed into a crowd, killing one person and injuring over a dozen others.
Speaking with NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday morning, Signer said that the attack, in which a car plowed through a crowd of counter-protesters to the far-right rally, was “a clear terrorist attack with a car used as a weapon.”
“Charlottesville is one of the great cities in the world,” Signer told the program. “We made a decision about a year and half ago, at long last, to start telling deliberately the full story of race in our city and our past, to start telling the truth.
“And that put us on the map for a whole bunch of folks in this country who oppose everything about that. So what we saw this weekend was a deluge of outsiders trying to intimidate us away from that work.”
Signer named the victim of the car crash as 32-year-old Heather Heyer.
President Trump’s national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, also appeared on the program and described the incident as a terrorist attack
"Anytime that you commit an attack against people to incite fear, it meets the definition of terrorism," McMaster said.
“What you see here is a criminal act against fellow Americans. A criminal act that may have been motivated — and we'll see what's turned up in this investigation — by this hatred and bigotry, which I mentioned we have to extinguish in our nation."
Nat'l Security Advisor McMaster: "Any time that you commit an attack against people to incite fear, it is terrorism" https://t.co/qcywVGxawzpic.twitter.com/h93RefluO5— ABC News (@ABC) August 13, 2017
Charlottesville police have arrested one person in connection with the incident, 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. of Ohio, who has been charged with one count of second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of "hit and run attended failure to stop with injury."
The Virginia police have not yet officially confirmed a motive for the alleged attack, but a civil rights investigation has been opened by US attorneys and the FBI.
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