Richard Spencer Fans Shoot At Protesters After Speech

Police on Friday arrested three Texas men who were allegedly involved in a shooting that broke out right after white nationalist Richard Spencer's speech at the University of Florida.

The men, who traveled from Texas to attend Spencer's controversial speech, are accused of shouting chants about Hitler, making Nazi salutes and firing a gun at a man with whom they were arguing, Gainesville Police said in a press release.

Gainesville Police charged 28-year-old Tyler Tenbrink and brothers Colton and William Fears with attempted homicide.

William Fears and Colton Fears remain at the county jail on a $1 million bond, and Tenbrink is held on a $3 million bond, according to jail records.

Spencer is well known for advocating for a white-ethno state.

The event was heavily protested but mostly went off without violence, until three men in a silver Jeep pulled up to a bus stop around 5:20 p.m. Thursday after Spencer had ended his speech. Tenbrink is also charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

The gunshots just missed the group of six to eight people, hitting the business they were standing in front of.

According to the arrest report, the Fears brothers shouted "kill them" and "shoot them" at Tenbrink.

The three suspects were later caught after the victim had memorized their Jeep's license plate and alerted authorities. The investigation remains ongoing, Tobias said.

William Fears told reporters he'd been in Charlottesville, and had come to Gainesville to hear Spencer because he agreed with much of what he said. We want to show our teeth a little bit because, you know, we're not to be taken lightly'. The University of Cincinnati last week ultimately decided they would "uphold the First Amendment" and allow Spencer to speak, after a threat of a lawsuit from Bristow. Bristow claims in the statement that he helped the American Civil Liberties Union when it sued to allow a "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August that led to deadly violence when 20-year-old white nationalist James Field Jr., of OH, struck and killed a protester with his vehicle.

"It's always been socially acceptable to punch a Nazi, to attack people if they have right-wing political leanings", Fears said.


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