Police in Virginia have arrested the driver suspected of plowing his auto into a group of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, killing one woman and injuring 19 people, five of whom are in critical condition. Fields is from Maumee, Ohio.
In another deadly incident, a helicopter crash near Charlottesville hours after the violence had erupted, two people have been killed, according to Virginia state police.
At least one of the injured was in critical condition, sources close to law enforcement told JTA on Saturday. A spokeswoman for the University of Virginia Medical Center said that 19 others were treated for injuries related to the accident. They were carrying citronella tiki torches - a fact that many online commenters, some country artists included, poked fun at - and reciting chants such as "White lives matter" and "You will not replace us".
Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by the violence that has taken place in Virginia today.
State Police also confirmed the deaths in a Facebook post, but did not indicate whether the fatalities were troopers.
In San Francisco, people reacting to the events in Charlottesville gathered in Union Square.
The impact hurled people into the air and those left standing scattered, screaming and running for safety. The driver fled and was located and arrested moments later, police said.
On Saturday, Charlottesville saw a major rally of far-right nationalists dubbed "Unite the Right" held in protest for the removal of a statue honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a city park. There didn't seem to be any other cars stopping him from going. Our message is plain and simple: Go home.
Shortly before the vehicle plowed through the crowd, U.S. President Donald Trump sent a Twitter message urging people to unite. "We stand with (Charlottesville) Mayor Mike Signer and everyone in his city with hope and prayers for peace to be restored".
"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides", Trump said at a press conference.