Man suspected of firing gun at Charlottesville rally arrested

A man suspected of firing a gun toward counterprotesters during the violent clashes at a white supremacist earlier this month in Charlottesville, Va., has reportedly been arrested.

Richard Wilson Preston has been charged with discharging a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school, CNN reported.

He was reportedly seen in a video recorded by the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia during the white supremacist march earlier this month in Virginia.

The video shows the man in a verbal altercation with counterprotesters before they begin to throw objects at the white supremacist marchers, who had gathered to protest the removal of a Confederate statue.

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The man then takes out his pistol and, after a few moments, appears to fire a shot, according to CNN.

"From where they were standing, none was witness to the incident," Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller told CNN in an email, referring to officers on the scene.
 
"Nor did they hear the single shot being fired because it was muffled by the loud volume of the crowd yelling and chanting, drums and music."
 
"Had any one of our troopers witnessed that incident, they would have immediately acted just as they did for the other four arrests made during the weekend," she added.
 
One person was killed after a car drove into a crowd of people protesting the white supremacist rally earlier this month.
 
The driver, James Alex Fields Jr., was photographed attending the white supremacist event and has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder.
 
President Trump spurred controversy after comments in which he blamed both sides for the Charlottesville violence.