As is always the case, there were a lot of conflicting reports regarding the car that mowed down several pedestrians in Charlottesville, Va. Some eyewitnesses said the car had no plates, while photos very clearly showed a license number. Some internet sleuths traced that number to what looks to be the wrong person and have since retracted the story.

At a briefing Saturday evening, Charlottesville’s police chief confirmed earlier reports by calling the attack premeditated, and he added that police are investigating the attack as a criminal homicide. One 32-year-old woman was killed as she crossed the intersection where the car struck two parked vehicles after ramming the crowd.

President Trump sent condolences via a tweet.

Earlier, he had sent condolences to the families and fellow officers of two people killed when a Virginia State Police helicopter crashed Saturday near the city of Charlottesville.

Here’s video of the police briefing.

CNN is reporting that the man in custody is James Alex Fields, Jr., of Ohio. The car photographed clearly showed an Ohio plate and license number.

CNN reports:

The suspect being held in a Virginia jail in connection with a deadly crash near a scheduled rally of white nationalists has been identified as James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Maumee, Ohio, according to Superintendent Martin Kumer with the Albermarle-Charlottesville County Regional Jail .

Fields is being held on suspicion of second-degree murder, malicious wounding and failure to stop in an accident that resulted in death.

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Sen. Ted Cruz has just released a statement calling for the Department of Justice to investigate this “grotesque act of domestic terrorism.”

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