Incident Summary:

08/12/2017: An assailant drove his vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters at the intersection of 4th Street and Water Street in Charlottesville, Virginia, United States. One person, identified as Heather D. Heyer, was killed and 19 people were injured in the assault. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, police arrested James Alex Fields Jr., a neo-Nazi extremist, in connection with the attack.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



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
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Neo-Nazi extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 19 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 19
Number of U.S. Injured 19
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"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."
"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."