Charlottesville Car Attacker Neo-Nazi Just Got More Bad News
Life just got more difficult for Neo-Nazi James Alex Fields Jr. who drove his car into a group of counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last Saturday.
Federal authorities have charged Fields with five additional felony charges — two counts of malicious wounding and three counts of aggravated malicious wounding, CBS reported Friday.
Fields, 20, is accused of ramming his car into a crowd of counter-protesters Saturday, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and wounding dozens more. He has already been charged with second-degree murder and other charges.
Police said Friday that some of the people injured in the incident suffered serious and permanent injuries.
Photos have surfaced of Fields attending the white nationalist rally wearing a shield bearing the emblem of Vanguard America, a white supremacist group, before the attack.
Investigators are delving into his background, possible affiliations with groups espousing violence and any social media postings or electronic communications he may have had. Officials will also trace his path to Virginia from his home in Ohio, particularly the 24 hours prior to the attack, police sources said.
Fields was fascinated with Nazism, idolized Adolf Hitler, and had been singled out in the 9th grade by officials at the Randall K. Cooper high school in Union, Kentucky, for his “deeply held, radical” convictions on race, his former high school teacher Derek Weimer told CBS.
Authorities also said they continue to investigate the “egregious assault” of DeAndre Harris. Viral photos and video show several men beating Harris with poles and sticks.