Published: Fri, October 20, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

3 white supremacists arrested in Florida for shooting at anti-racism protesters

3 white supremacists arrested in Florida for shooting at anti-racism protesters

Police on Friday arrested three Texas men who were allegedly involved in a shooting that broke out right after white nationalist Richard Spencer's speech at the University of Florida.

Tyler Tenbrink, William Fears, and Colton Fears are all being held in Alachua County Jail for charges of attempted homicide.

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 will face additional charges for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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.

According to a statement released by the Gainesville, Florida, Police Department, 28-year-old Tyler Tenbrink of Richmond, Texas, and brothers 28-year-old Colton and 30-year-old William Fears of Pasadena, Texas, engaged in an argument with protesters following the speech.

William and Colton Fears then yelled "I'm going to (expletive) kill you", and Tenbrink fired one shot at the victim, missing him and hitting a building.


Another bystander said they memorized the license plate number of the vehicle and shared it with police.

The men fled the scene and headed north on Highway 75, police said. Police said that's when Tenbrink got out of the auto and took out a handgun while the Fears brothers yelled "shoot them" and "kill them", according to the report.

In an interview with The Gainesville Sun, William Fears told a reporter that he sided with James Fields, who drove his auto into a crowd of protesters as tensions built in Charlottesville, Va. following a Spencer-led white nationalist rally.

It was Spencer's first major public appearance since an August rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which devolved into violent clashes and left one dead.

The chants included "F**k you Spencer" and "Black Lives Matter".

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