Three Richard Spencer Fans Arrested For Trying To Kill Protesters

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Police in Gainesville, Florida have arrested three Houston-area men in connection with a shooting that occurred after prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer gave a speech at the University of Florida on Thursday.

Police identified the suspects as three Texas men: Tyler Tenbrink, 28, of Richmond; and William Fears, 30, and Colton Fears, 28, of Pasadena. Tenbrink is a convicted felon, facing an additional charge of possession of a firearm. At that point, Tenbrink left the vehicle and pulled out a handgun, the police report said.

The Fears siblings are being held under $1 million bond and Tenbrink is under a $3 million bond, police said.Hundreds of dissenters had accumulated outside of the University of Florida on Thursday to challenge Spencer's appearance.

Tenbrink allegedly fired a single shot at the group, which did not injure anyone and struck a nearby building.

One victim called police and "amazingly" recited to them the license plate number, police said. Just a few hours later, an off-duty Alachua County sheriff's deputy, who was on his way home after working the Spencer event, began searching for the vehicle and ultimately found it.

The men fled in the Jeep, but were located at about 9 p.m.on Interstate 75, about 20 miles north of Gainesville, authorities said.

The other two suspects, who are siblings, purportedly urged Tenbrink to shoot and slaughter the general population in the gathering, the capture report said.

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William Fears is an "active white supremacist" with ties to several white supremacist groups, including Vanguard America, Patriot Front and others, according to the Anti-Defamation League. Tenbrink described himself as a white nationalist and said he was interested in "preserving our heritage and the American way of life".

A video taken by a Tampa Bay Times reporter following Spencer's speech appears to show Tenbrink getting surrounded by protestors before he hopped over a fence.

Florida's governor declared a state of emergency for the event.

The three men had been spotted by HuffPost at the protests surrounding the Spencer event earlier in the day. "We don't want your Nazi hate!"

One of the protesters then hit the Jeep's rear window with a baton before the auto sped off, then abruptly stopped. Police said the men "began threatening, offering Nazi salutes, and chants about Hitler".

Gainesville police will release more details in the future.

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