3 arrested after shooting following white nationalist speech in Florida

Gainesville police arrested three men for carrying out a shooting following a Thursday afternoon appearance by the white nationalist Richard Spencer at the University of Florida.

Tyler Tenbrink, 28, William Fears, 30, and Colt Fears, 28, had driven from Texas to Gainesville, Florida, for Spencer's speech at the Phillips Center.

At least two of the suspects have "shown connections to extremist groups", according to the Gainesville Police Department, although it's unclear which two. Tenbrink was also charged with being a felon in possession of a weapon, stemming from an arrest in 2009 for aggravated kidnapping of a female acquaintance in Texas.

Specialists say the three suspects pulled up to the transport stop around 5:30 p.m. what's more, begun yelling "Hail Hitler" at the gathering while at the same time tossing Nazi salutes.

Police said Tenbrink produced a handgun during the altercation, and the Fears brothers encouraged him to shoot at the protesters.

The gunshot narrowly missed the group of six to eight protesters, striking a business behind them, police said.

One of those protesters was able to jot down a license number on the texas plate.

The suspects fled in a auto and were later arrested by an off-duty officer who noticed the vehicle while driving home from working at the Spencer event, police said. Local and state police pulled it over on I-75 and arrested the three men. Every one of the three suspects were in the Alachua County Jail Friday.


The Alachua County Sheriff said two other people were arrested.

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

'We don't want violence. we don't want harm.

Winter Park businessman Chris King was the only Florida governor candidate to attend yesterday's protest of white supremacist Richard Spencer at University of Florida. The office said in a tweet that he had brought a gun onto the campus after being hired by a media organization as security.

The community had taken considerable steps to prevent violence at the Spencer event. Police in riot gear and others with batons eventually formed a line to stop the crowd and escorted the man away.

Fears told NBC that Spencer's speech will "normalize the idea for white people to have an identity, to advocate for their own interests and to advocate for our own existence".

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.

  • Tracy Klein