Man who fired shots at Charlottesville rally arrested and facing serious prison time (Details)

Credit: ACLU

One of the white supremacists at the Charlottesville Rally made national news on Saturday after the American Civil Liberties Union released video of him firing shots while inside the crowd.

The incident started when the white supremacist walked past a man who was using a flammable bottle as a torch. You can see him turning around, cocking his gun, then firing a shot near the man with the torch. The gun wielding rally attendee quickly turned and walked away.

Nearby police were initially criticized because to some it appeared that they didn’t care to respond.

“We all heard it and ran ― I know damn well they heard it,” Parker told the Times, referencing the police who were standing behind the barricades. “They never moved.”



However, police representatives mentioned that officers likely didn’t hear the shots because of the large amount of noise coming from the crowd.

“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,” said one representative to the Times.

According to Daily Progress, the shooter, Richard Wilson Preston, was arrested on Saturday in connection with the incident. He faces felony charges for discharging a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school. This offense would, if convicted, carries 2-10 years in prison and would permanently take away Preston’s right to own a firearm.



You can watch a video of the incident below:

 

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