"I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here". He did not provide details.
He told reporters that he had just spoken to Gov.
Nigro says it was "chaos and mayhem" as bodies flew. "President Trump needs to take a break from the golf course and denounce these hate rallies immediately with clear and strong language".
The move comes ahead of a white nationalist rally planned in the small college town to protest plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a city park.
The driver of the vehicle is in custody, a state official told The Associated Press. The city's manager also declared a local emergency and police ordered people to disperse from the area around the statue, according to The Associated Press. Many credit Spencer with popularizing the term "alt-right" as he garnered national media attention after being heard shouting "Hail Trump!" at a white nationalist convention in Washington, D.C., and later, being punched in the face on Inauguration Day while giving an interview.
But the president's words didn't sit well with Duke, who began by claiming that the violence was initiated by "the same radical leftists" who previously caused disruptions at Trump rallies. The president has received previous criticism for being slow to condemn acts of hate done in his name.
The park used to be named Lee Park, after the Confederate general, but Charlottesville City Council voted to change its name in June. "Please all-go home to your families. We're going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump", Duke said in a video circulating on Twitter.
Cliff Erickson leaned against a fence and took in the scene.
Police intervened after some of the demonstrators were sprayed with tear gas.
"Both sides are hoping for a confrontation", he said.
The Charlottesville confrontation was a stark reminder of the growing political polarization that has intensified since Trump's election previous year.
Fighting broke out in the city's downtown before noon when hundreds of people, some wearing white nationalist symbols and carrying Confederate battle flags, were confronted by a almost equal number of counter-protesters.
City Attorney Craig Brown argued the decision was based exclusively on the number of people expected to attend the rally - which is 1,000, according to Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas's affidavit - and how it would affect public safety.
The crowd of protesters and counter protesters was expected to swell up to 6,000 according to CNN.
Officials have been preparing for the rally for months.
The declaration will allow local authorities to request additional resources if needed.
Alt-right activists marched in a torch-lit rally late Friday through the University of Virginia campus and clashed with rival protesters, CNN reported.
"UVA is public in the most profound and meaningful sense of that word; we are committed to the public good, and we seek to recognize and represent the great diversity of the public in our commonwealth and in the country", said one earlier statement.
Saturday's rally marks the second time in six weeks that Charlottesville has faced a protest from white supremacist groups for its decision to remove the statue. He then wrote "There is no place for this kind of violence in America". They're now called Emancipation Park and Justice Park, respectively.