Taylor Lorenz, a political reporter for The Hill, was attacked on Saturday in Charlottesville
A female reporter has been punched in the face in a crowd of counter-protesters as she filmed the aftermath of a fatal car attack in Charlottesville.
Taylor Lorenz, a political reporter for The Hill, was assaulted while filming live in the aftermath of a car rampage through a crowd of Black Lives Matter activists that killed one and injured 19.
The assailant already had an active warrant out and has been arrested, Lorenz said on Twitter.
She told DailyMail.com that police said the suspect’s last name was Smith, but was uncertain of his first name.
Lorenz (who formerly worked as a reporter for DailyMail.com) was filming live at the scene for The Hill when, just feet away from her, a car struck multiple people who were marching in counter-protest to a massive white nationalist rally.
In the aftermath, she continued to interview witnesses and gather facts at the scene.
Video courtesy of Taylor Lorenz: @TaylorLorenz on Twitter
Lorenz told DailyMail.com that the shirtless man in the far left above shouted ‘Stop the f**king recording!’ and punched her in the face while she was reporting on the fatal car rampage
Lorenz was filming the aftermath of a fatal car rampage when she was punched in the face
The reporter for The Hill was assaulted about 15 minutes after the car rampage killed one
She was attacked about fifteen minutes after the car rampage, while filming first responders and police responding to the carnage in the street.
Video from the scene shows a shirtless man approach Lorenz and shout ‘Stop the f**king recording!’
Lorenz screams and her recording device spins to the ground and shuts off.
The reporter said on Twitter shortly after the assault that she was fine, adding that she was ‘really f**king pissed at the guy who punched me mostly because he cut off my stream].’
The attack on a reporter was just one instance of violence in a day filled with clashes between white nationalists and anti-fascist counter-protesters.
The violence culminated in the death of one when a Dodge Challenger plowed through a crowd of the counter-protesters, and the crash of a police helicopter that killed two people on board.
The political reporter said on Twitter shortly after the assault that she was fine
Lorenz told DailMail.com that the suspect’s last name was Smith, but was unable to provide a first name
Horrifying video from the scene of the car attack shows the silver muscle car speeding towards a group of fleeing anti-fascist protesters.
Another clip shows the vehicle ramming into the crowd at high speed and victims crying out in pain as they desperately seek medical help.
Witnesses said the car was traveling up to 40 miles an hour when it hit and reversed before ramming into the crowd again and speeding off with someone’s shoe attached to its bumper.
Witnesses said moments before the car plowed into the crowd, a counter-protester had allegedly thrown a rock at the car, causing the driver to swivel around and ram into people and two cars in its way.
This is the moment a car drove into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville on Saturday
Lorenz (not pictured) was filming the aftermath of the car attack at this intersection when she was punched in the face by a male counter-protester
The alleged driver of the car was apprehended and is currently in police custody. He was arrested a few blocks away from the bloody scene. The suspect’s name has not yet been released.
In addition to the dozen of people hurt in the accident, at least 15 people were already being treated for their injures during other destructive clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters at Emancipation Park before the controversial Unite the Right rally.
President Trump admonished the day’s tragic events, saying in a press conference: ‘We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, violence, on many sides… The hate and division must stop, and must stop right now.’
Hours after the car attack, a Virginia State Police helicopter crashed in Charlottesville, killing two people on board.
A statement released by Virginia State Police reads: ‘Shortly before 5pm today (August 12), a helicopter crashed into a wooded area near a residence on Old Farm Road. There are two confirmed fatalities.
‘No one on the ground was injured. The cause of the crash remains under investigation at this time. State police are on scene with Albemarle County police and fire units.’