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3 white supremacists charged with attempted murder after Richard Spencer speech

21 October 2017

Three men from Texas were arrested, accused of firing a gun into a group of people after Thursday's Richard Spencer event.

A police statement said Tyler Tenbrink, 28, of Richmond, Texas; William Fears, 30, of Pasadena, Texas; and Colton Fears, 28, also of Pasadena, were charged with attempted homicide. Tenbrink will face additional charges for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. At that point, Tenbrink left the vehicle and pulled out a handgun, the police report said.

One of the victims hit the back of their auto with a baton, and the vehicle pulled away and drove about ten feet before stopping; Tenbrink then got out of the auto with a handgun, while the Fears brothers encouraged him to kill the victims. He fired a single shot, police say, missing the group and striking a nearby building.

One victim called police and "amazingly" recited to them the license plate number, police said.

"One of the passengers began yelling Hail Hitler and other chants" at the people at the bus stop, according to arrest reports released by the Gainesville Police Department. They were being held in the Alachua County Jail. And in an interview with The Washington Post on Thursday, Tenbrink said he came to Gainesville to support Spencer. Colton and William Fears are being held on $1 million bond. University of Florida president W. Kent Fuchs told CNN that there were more police on campus Thursday than there had ever been before.

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"We had complete unknown about the numbers of people who they may be coming to our area and what their intent would be", said Sheriff Darnell.

Prior to the white nationalist rally, Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency, warning that the "threat of a potential emergency is imminent". Police in riot gear and others with batons eventually formed a line to stop the crowd and escorted the man away.

Heather Heyer, 32, was killed in Charlotesville on 12 August 2017, when another white supremacist rammed a auto into a crowd of pedestrians protesting against the "Unite the Right" rally, yet another violent Spencer-backed event.

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. That meant a state of emergency being declared in Gainesville by Gov. Rick Scott, the influx of more than 1,000 law enforcement officers to watch over almost 2,500 demonstrators and a virtual suspension of normal campus life - not to mention the outsize attention Spencer craves.

3 white supremacists charged with attempted murder after Richard Spencer speech