Three dead, 19 injured after Car Plows into Protesters at a Rally in Charlottesville

August 12, 2017Aug 12, 2017

Update: Three people have been killed following this tragic incident. The announcement came from the Virginia governor later in the day on August 12th. Please see original story below.

One person was killed and 19 were injured when a speeding car plowed through a crowd of counter-protesters during the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

A spokesperson told NBC News that 20 patients were admitted to the hospital — 19 injuries and one person killed.

Virginia's governor had earlier declared an emergency.

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer tweeted that he was "heartbroken that a life has been lost here" and urged "all people of good will [to] go home."

In comments from Bedminster, N.J., President Trump condemned the violence and called for the swift restoration of order. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides,” he said.

First Lady Melania Trump also tweeted: "Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence. #Charlottesville."

Vice President Mike Pence tweeted shortly after Trump: "I stand with @POTUS against hate & violence. U.S. is greatest when we join together & oppose those seeking to divide us. #Charlottesville"

The male driver is in police custody, Virginia Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran tells CBS News, also adding that Charlottesville police will lead the investigation.

Right-wing blogger Jason Kessler had planned what he called a "pro-white" rally to protest Charlottesville's decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a city park.

Watch President Trump's Powerful Statement after violence in Charlottesville.

Join us in Praying for all the victims of this Rally.