1 dead, 19 injured in downtown Charlottesville

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) 3:45p.m.

The Associated Press reports one person is dead and 19 others were hurt when a car ran into a crowd of pedestrians.

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3:49 p.m.

The Charlottesville Area Transit will end service at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

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3:42 p.m.

The Associated Press reports President Donald Trump has addressed the violence in Charlottesville before moving on to speak about the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

He said condemns 'this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides' in Virginia.

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3:23 p.m.

University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan has sent a letter to the parents of UVA students concerning the Unite the Right rally and the resulting violence in Charlottesville.

Dear Members of the University Community:

All of us are profoundly concerned and disturbed by incidents occurring this weekend related to the “Unite the Right” rally in downtown Charlottesville.

Last night, alt-right protestors carrying torches marched on UVA’s Grounds, attempting to intimidate bystanders and spread their message of intolerance and hate. There were several violent altercations during and after the march, and minor injuries were reported, including one University police officer who was injured while making an arrest.

During today’s “Unite the Right” rally in the city, there were numerous outbreaks of violence and reported injuries among protestors and counter-protestors. Earlier, we had encouraged all UVA community members to avoid the rally and to attend UVA-sponsored events instead. However, due to public safety concerns and after a declaration of a State of Emergency in Virginia, we cancelled the previously scheduled events that included academic programming, community discussions in the University Libraries, and athletic events.

The University of Virginia is a public institution and follows state and federal law regarding the public’s right to access open spaces, including the rights of the marchers who assembled on our Grounds last night. We also support the First Amendment rights to free speech and assembly, including the rights of the protestors and counter-protestors today. At the same time, we know that the ideologies and beliefs expressed by many of the groups that have converged on Charlottesville this weekend contradict our values of diversity, inclusion, and mutual respect. We strongly condemn intimidating and abhorrent behavior intended to strike fear and sow division in our community. Acts of violence are not protected by the First Amendment.

The safety and well-being of all UVA community members is my foremost concern as president. We are continuing to monitor the developments in downtown Charlottesville and to coordinate with state and local law enforcement. The UVA medical center remains open.

We will continue to uphold our shared values as a community and reject the ideology of intolerance and hate.

Teresa A. Sullivan
President

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3:08 p.m.

The crowds from the Unite the Right rally have for the most part dispersed but there is still a large number of people in the downtown area.

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3:01 p.m.

The car involved in the crash at Water and Fourth streets has been located.

Law enforcement are on the scene and investigating.

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2:46 p.m.

Congressman Tom Garrett says there are not enough characters in a tweet to properly respond to the violence in Charlottesville.

140 characters are not enough to describe the despicable escalation of racist rhetoric In Charlottesville.

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2:41 p.m.

Mayor Mike Signer has tweeted a plea for people to go home.

I am furious & heartsick by the car crash that has injured many. Please all-go home to your families. We can work tomorrow. GO HOME! PLEASE!

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2:34 p.m.

The Jefferson Theater says a performance set for Saturday night has been rescheduled for Oct. 8.

In a tweet, the venue says patron and staff safety is its highest priority.

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2:25 p.m.

Three people running for office have released statements on the violence around the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville.

Jill Vogel, a candidate for Lieutenant Governor - I am horrified by the hate being displayed in Charlottesville. It is not the Virginia that I know and love and I condemn this vile display of racism.

Justin Fairfax, a candidate for Lieutenant Governor - I am saddened by the scenes of violence and demonstrations of hatred in one of Virginia's greatest cities. We cannot allow hate mongers to divide us and make us forget our core beliefs of fairness and inclusion in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The citizens of the city of Charlottesville need our assistance at this time as hate groups continue to use the city to demonstrate their hate.

This moment is also a reminder of the need to tone down political rhetoric and the negativity we often see in our current politics. We must be deliberate and transcend politics to stand united against those who want to divide communities.

Roger Dean Huffstetler, running for the Fith District seat in Congress currently held by Tom Garrett - Now is the moment when every leader in our community must join together to denounce - loudly and publicly - this ugly display of hate. Silence or complacency have real and meaningful consequences. It tells our friends and neighbors that their value, dignity, and lives are not equal.

Congressman Garrett’s silence is deafening. It is shocking to me that our representative has yet to condemn and denounce the hateful, bigoted, and racist ideology being spewed in his district over the last 24 hours. We must have a leader in Congress that is willing to speak out and defend our basic American values of tolerance and compassion. I call on Congressman Garrett to add his voice to the growing chorus of Americans who will not stand for the hate we have seen today. Our district deserves better.

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2:22 p.m.

Mayor Mike Signer has tweeted that the current situation involving the Unite the Right rally and counter protesters is why the city wanted to move the rally.

For all watching events in crowded, downtown Cville: this is EXACTLY why City tried to change venue to McIntire-but court wouldn’t allow.

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2:15 p.m.

According to a tweet from Charlottesville City Hall, three vehicles were involved inthe crash on Water and Fourth streets that hurt several pedestrians.

People are being asked to avoid the area.

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2:11 p.m.

Witnesses on the scene say the vehicle hit pedestrians then backed up and hit them again.

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2:06 p.m.

A CBS reporter on the scene says at least four people have been hurt by a vehicle that hit protesters in the area of Water and Fourth streets.

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2:04 p.m.

President Donald Trump has tweeted again, this time citing Charlottesville.

Am in Bedminster for meetings & press conference on V.A. & all that we have done, and are doing, to make it better-but Charlottesville sad!

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2:02 p.m.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez has released a statement in response to the ongoing violence in Charlottesville.

The demonstrations by white supremacists this weekend have no place in our country. This vile display of racism is an attack on our democracy and an affront to humanity.

America is no place for bigots. And to be silent in the face of their hatred is to condone it. That's why it is on all of us to stand up to these reprehensible acts and speak out against white supremacy. We cannot allow a group of cowards instill fear in our communities.

The Democratic Party stands with Governor McAuliffe, Lieutenant Governor Northam, the people of Virginia, and every American united against these vicious and violent attempts to divide us.

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1:59 p.m.

According to an ACLU of Virginia tweet, someone threw a rock at a vehicle, which then turned around and hit people on the sidewalk near Water Street.

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1:53 p.m.

David Duke, a Ku Klux Klan leader, and Richard Spencer, president of the white nationalist think tank National Policy Institute, are both at McInitre Park.

Spencer says he is "absolutely outraged" regarding the rally in Charlottesville.

1:51 p.m.

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine has tweeted another response to the Unite the Right rally and violence in Charlottesville.

People who came to VA to spew hate & incite violence have no place here. We stand for inclusion and will not go backwards. Praying for peace

1:45 p.m.

A reporter on the scene says a car just hit several people near the intersection of Fourth Street and Water Street.

Several people are reportedly injured.
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1:43 p.m.

President Donald Trump has tweeted about condemning hate, saying it has no place in America.

The tweet does not tag Charlottesville or the Unite the Right rally taking place there on Saturday.

We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!

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1:41 p.m.

U.S. Senator Bernie Sasnders has released a statement on the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville.

The white nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, is a reprehensible display of racism and hatred that has no place in our society. I am disgusted by the news, and my thoughts are with those in the Charlottesville community and around the country who have been targeted. While this incident is alarming, it is not surprising. Hate crimes and shows of hostility toward minorities have recently been surging. Now more than ever we must stand together against those who threaten our brothers and sisters.

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1:39 p.m.

Former President Bill Clinton has tweeted in response to the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville.

Even as we protect free speech and assembly, we must condemn hatred, violence and white supremacy.

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1:33 p.m.

Protesters may be gathering at Mclnitre Park in an attempt to restart the rally.

At this time it is unclear if they are going to protest at McLntire Park.

1:28 p.m.

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer has tweeted that the Emergency Operations Center has activated its non-emergency line.

People with non-life-threatening issues are asked to call (434) 979-4636.

Those with life-threatening injuries should still call 911.

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1:22 p.m.

Police in riot gear were marching down East Market Street, with counter protesters yelling at them.

According to police on the scene, law enforcement officers have not used pepper spray, but people among the protesters have.

There have been numerous fights and various items thrown at officers and protesters.

Some of those fights reportedly occurred inside the Market Street parking garage.

Virginia State Police spokesperson Corinne Geller says this is "not a good day for Charlottesville, not a good day for the Commonwealth."

She adds that all of the injuries that have been reported were caused by interactions between protesters.
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1:06 p.m.

A reporter on the scene says people who came for the Unite the Right rally are beginning to pack up to go home.
1:00 p.m.
Courtesy: Virginia State Police

The City of Charlottesville has released an update on the situation surrounding the Unite the Right rally.

According to that release, one person has been arrested and there are eight people hurt.

The Virginia National Guard is assisting local and state law enforcement officers.

Governor Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency due to the Unite the Right rally and violence in Charlottesville.

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12:11 p.m.

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan has posted a comment on the rally on his Facebook page.

The views fueling the spectacle in Charlottesville are repugnant. Let it only serve to unite Americans against this kind of vile bigotry.

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11:56 a.m.

The Virginia State Police has tweeted that protesters at the rally have charged at troopers on the scene.

No word on injuries at this time.

People are being arrested now that the rally has been declared an unlawful assembly.

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11:50 a.m.

Several reports from the scene say police have the Robert E. Lee statue blocked off.

The situation is described as an "Aggressive crowd in a tight and congested spot."

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11:41 a.m.

Reporters on the scene say tear gas has been used on protesters at Emancipation Park.

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11:37 a.m.

Charlottesville city officials say an unlawful assembly has been declared
for the rally at Emancipation Park.

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11:17 a.m.

Thousands of people have already gathered at Emancipation Park.

There have reportedly been several incidents involving pepper spray, as well several fights.

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11:11 a.m.

Reports from on the scene say people are throwing soda cans full of cement.

At this time, no injuries reported from this.

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11:06 a.m.

Virginia state Delegate David Toscano released a statement on the rally in Charlottesville.

As the former mayor of this beautiful, inclusive and progressive community, I am saddened that our city may draw thousands who would come here to sow division and hate. The alt-right agenda has been brought to Charlottesville by people who are neither from our community nor who represent its values. We will strive to ensure the day does not erupt into violence, and we will redouble our efforts to remain civically engaged so that darkness does not obscure our light.

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10:52 a.m.

Reports on the scene say people have been throwing human waste and other items at them.

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People are already gathering for the Unite the Right rally in Emancipation Park.

According to the Virginia State Police, there has been an altercation that has injured two people.

The injuries are not life-threatening.

Local blogger Jason Kessler arranged the Unite the Right rally to protest a Charlottesville city decision to remove the Robert E. Lee statue from the park.

The city did approve a permit for the rally, but wanted Kessler to move it to McIntire Park instead.
On Friday, Kessler filed an injunction to force the city to let the rally take place at Emancipation Park.
The judge ruled late Friday night in Kessler's favor.
The rally is officially scheduled to begin around 12 p.m.

This one story will be constantly updated throughout the day as the situation develops.