White Extremists Charged With Attempted Homicide Following Richard Spencer Speech


Police in Gainesville, Florida, arrested three Texas men after a gun was sacked at protesters near white nationalist Richard Spencer's speech at the University of Florida on Thursday, October 19.

Colton Fears, William Fears, and Tyler Tenbrink, all of Texas, face attempted homicide charges. The Gainesville Police Department reported that Tenbrink is a convicted felon, and therefore faces additional charges for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. One of the protesters also hit the Jeep with a baton before Tenbrink opened fire, according to Slate.

Authorities say the three suspects pulled up to the bus stop about 5:30 p.m. and started shouting "Hail Hitler" at the group while throwing Nazi salutes.

Tenbrink, a convicted felon, showed a handgun after exiting the vehicle while one of the Fears brothers shouted "I'm going to f*****g kill you", police said.

Tenbrink fired a single shot toward someone in the group, police said.

The three men remain in the Alachua County Jail, the Fears brothers on a $1 million bond and Tenbrink on a $3 million bond.

The office said in a tweet that he had brought a gun onto the campus after being hired by a media organisation as security.

Both Tenbrink and William Fears appear to have been committed white nationalists.

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No less than two of the suspects have "demonstrated associations with radical gatherings", as indicated by the Gainesville Police Department, despite the fact that it's hazy which two.

Spencer, who advocates for a white-ethno state, arrived in Gainesville on Thursday to deliver a speech on his views at the university.

On Monday, Florida's governor declared a state of emergency to provide resources to law enforcement, and an extensive police presence was on campus for the event.

"Despite our worst fears of violence, the University of Florida and the Gainesville community showed the world that love wins", said University of Florida President Kent Fuchs.

Earlier Thursday, Tenbrink told the paper he had driven to Gainesville from Houston to see Spencer speak.

The vehicle drove about 10 feet and stopped.

Spencer, a leader of the alt-right movement, organized the August "Unite the Right" march in Charlottesville, Va., that led to the death of one protester.

Outside, hundreds more people protested with signs and anti-Nazi chants alongside hundreds of police officers there to prevent violence.