Incident Summary:

08/12/2017: An assailant drove his vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, United States. One person, identified as Heather D. Heyer, was killed and 28 people were injured in the assault. James Alex Fields Jr., an unaffiliated individual, confessed to carrying out the attack and stated that he targeted the crowd "because of the actual and perceived race, color, national origin, and religion of its members." Sources noted that Fields had a history of expressing Neo-Nazi and white supremacist beliefs on social media, and that he encouraged violence against members of racial, ethnic, and religious groups that he deemed to be non-white.



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Location Details:
The incident occurred at the intersection of 4th Street and Water Street.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Counter-protesters
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Vehicle (not to include vehicle-borne explosives, i.e., car or truck bombs)
Weapon Details
A silver Dodge Challenger was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Neo-Nazi extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 28 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 28
Number of U.S. Injured 28
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Suspect in Charlottesville Attack Had Displayed Troubling Behavior," The New York Times, August 13, 2017.
"Virginia governor to white nationalists: 'Go home ... shame on you',", August 13, 2017.
"One dead as car strikes crowds amid protests of white nationalist gathering in Charlottesville; two police die in helicopter crash," Washington Post, August 13, 2017.