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Charlottesville: What we know about James Alex Fields

Charlottesville: What we know about James Alex Fields
From Al Jazeera - August 13, 2017

Police arrested a 20-year-old man after he allegedly rammed his car into a crowd of anti-racist protesters marching against a white supremacist rally in the US state of Virginia on Saturday.

The assailant was identified as James Alex Fields, Jr and was charged with second degree murder, one count of hit-and-run, attended failure to stop with injury and three counts of malicious wounding, according to local media reports.

The incident in Charlottesville killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer, an anti-racist protester, and injured dozens more.

The alleged attack took place during a march against Saturday's Unite the Right rally, one of the largest white supremacist gatherings in recent US history.

What happened?

Fields' gray Dodge Challenger reportedly slammed into a crowd as hundreds of anti-racist and anti-fascist marchers made their way through downtown Charlottesville.

I just saw multiple bodies fly over car windshields. The black car that did it drove off. This is horror. This is a war zone #DefendCville

Kim Kelly (@GrimKim) August 12, 2017

Video footage of the incident shows bodies flying over cars and others being hurled to the ground by the force of the impact.

The car reversed, hitting more people, and then drove off.

Who is James Alex Fields, Jr?

Fields' arrest was announced shortly after the incident. Local news outlets obtained his booking photo and posted it on Twitter.

JUST IN: Booking photo of James Alex Fields, Jr. @NBC29 pic.twitter.com/9nxtsvqNmt

Henry Graff (@HenryGraff) August 13, 2017

Photos captured from the scene showed that the car's license plate was registered to Fields, who is a resident of Maumee, Ohio, according to multiple news outlets.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Richmond Division, the Civil Rights Division and the Attorney General's Office for the Western District of Virginia are investigating whether it was a civil rights incident.

Via FBI - Richmond Division#Charlottesville pic.twitter.com/vQBOfCgVFQ

Dan Scavino Jr. (@Scavino45) August 13, 2017

The Toledo, Ohio-based daily newspaper The Blade spoke to Fields' mother, Samantha Bloom, after his arrest was announced.

Bloom said that her son went to Charlottesville to attend the Unite the Right rally. "I told him to be careful," his mother said. "[And] if they are going to rally to make sure he's doing it peacefully."

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