Police authorities in Gainesville have reported of an incident involving a man who fired a shot at anti-Nazi protesters following a speech at the University of Florida that was organized by a white nationalist. The Nazi protester has been charged with attempted murder, police in Gainesville said on Friday.
A report released by Gainesville Police Department on Friday revealed that Tyler Tenbrink, 28; William Fears, 30; and his brother, 28-year-old Colton Fears, all from Texas, were arrested on attempted homicide charges following an appearance on campus by white nationalist Richard Spencer.
The three men had all spoken with the media in support of Spencer's speech and white nationalism just hours before the shooting. Gainesville Police Officer Ben Tobias reported that they were all in a vehicle immediately after Spencer's speech, after which they began making Nazi salutes and shouting Hitler chants at a group of people holding anti-Nazi signs near a bus stop. The men’s vehicle was hit with a baton by one of the people in the group of about six people.
One of the convicted felon identified as Tenbrink, showed a handgun after exiting the car while the Fears brothers encouraged him to shoot. "Colton Fears and William Fears were also yelling, 'Kill them' and 'Shoot them,'" the police report stated.
The felon fired a single shot, missing the group and striking a nearby building. He is also being charged as a felon in possession of a firearm. The men fled the scene and headed north on Highway 75, as revealed by the police.
Shortly before 9 p.m. an off-duty Alachua County Sheriff's deputy who had worked the Spencer event earlier saw the men's vehicle. The vehicle carrying the men was stopped by a group of officers and the men were taken into custody.
The police reported that Tenbrink admitted that he was the shooter, adding that two of the three have connections to "extremist groups”.