Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer pleaded for calm after a car plowed into a crowd of demonstrators protesting a gathering of white supremacists in the Virginia college town, killing at least one person.
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!— Mike Signer (@MikeSigner) August 12, 2017
Signer, who is Jewish, later said at least one person was killed.
I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here. I urge all people of good will—go home.— Mike Signer (@MikeSigner) August 12, 2017
Video footage showed the driver apparently intentionally driving into a group of protesters opposed to the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who gathered for a rally downtown.
That suggested the driver might be a supporter of the far right groups that called the torch-lit rally in the normally peaceful town.
Signer earlier blamed President Trump for fanning the flames of hatred with his divisive rhetoric and policies.