21 October, 2017
William Fears, Colton Fears, Tyler Tenbrink, all of Texas, arrested Thursday night, October 19, 2017, in Gainesville, Fla., after allegedly firing a shot at a group at a bus stop following an appearance by white nationalist Richard Spencer at the University of Florida.
Tenbrink fired a single shot toward someone in the group, police said.
Gainesville police said Tyler Tenbrink, 28, and William and Colton Fears, 30 and 28, respectively, stopped their auto near the campus to argue with a group of protesters. In one interview, William Fears said protesters did not need to be afraid of them. "We don't want violence; we don't want harm". The man was in the area for work and wanted to hear Spencer speak, he said.
Police said that no one was injured.
Spencer, who advocates for a white-ethno state, arrived in Gainesville on Thursday to deliver a speech on his views at the university. "Together, we outnumbered Spencer's supporters and showed that hate has no place in Florida". Tenbrink will face additional charges for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Spencer did not respond in time for publication to The Daily Caller News Foundation's request for comment.
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Around 5:50 p.m., the men pulled up in a silver Jeep next to a small group of people sitting on a bus bench, according to Alachua County deputies. The victim of the shooting heard someone in a moving vehicle shout at a group of people, "Hail Hitler!" along with other hateful chants. "An argument ensued", and one of the people at the bus stop, whose name was redacted, "used a baton to hit the rear window of [the] vehicle". One of the men, 28-year-old Tyler Tenbrink, reportedly fired a handgun at the crowd. Both Colt Fears and Williams Fears yelled at the victims "I'm going to f***ing kill you" and were also yelling "kill them" and "shoot them", according to the police report. The other two suspects, who are brothers, allegedly encouraged Tenbrink to shoot and kill the people in the group, the arrest report said. At least two of the three suspects are connected to extremist groups, according to police.
An eagle-eyed witness remembered the Jeep's license plate number, which proved to be a big break for police.
The protests in Gainesville were mostly peaceful. Detectives said Tenbrink admitted to the shooting, according to his arrest report.
Leading up to the start of the event, audience members at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts began to boo before Spencer even took the stage.
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". University of Florida Pesident W. Kent Fuchs estimated that security costs were upward of $600,000.