Three Nazi fanboys arrested for attempted murder after Richard Spencer speech

Counter-protesters far outnumbered Spencer supporters and mostly drowned out his University of Florida speech with anti-Nazi chants, booing him off the stage under the watchful eye of police officers in riot gear.

The lawsuit comes after an attorney for the university sent a letter Friday to Spencer associate and Georgia State University graduate student Cameron Padgett that said while the school "values freedom of speech", the request to rent space for Spencer represents a "substantial risk to public safety".

A Gainesville Police Department report released on Friday said 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 by Spencer on campus.

Witnesses and friends of the victims told The Gainesville Sun that suspects Tyler Tenbrink, William Fears and his brother Colton Fears drove up to a group of people walking toward a bus stop and carrying anti-Nazi signs around 5:20 p.m. local time, and asked whether they'd seen someone named "Kyle". The victim of the shooting heard someone in a moving auto shout at a group of people, "Hail Hitler!" along with other hateful chants. Tenbrink fired one shot from a handgun in the direction of the protesters and fled in their Jeep while the targets huddled behind a Dumpster. Tenbrink got out of the auto with a handgun while William Fears and Colton Fears yelled, "I'm going to f--ing kill you", and "Shoot them". The information was relayed to several law enforcement agencies with officers in the area. Police pulled over the Jeep on Interstate 75 and arrested all three men.

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If the "Hail Hitler" theatrics didn't already give it away, police said at least two of the suspects have "shown connections to extremist groups". Tenbrink went on to recite the "14 words" used as a motto by white supremacists: "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children". Tenbrink was also charged with being a felon in possession of a weapon, reported The Gainesville Sun.

'I am amazed that immediately after being shot at, a victim had the forethought to get the vehicle's license number, ' Tobias said.

Before the shooting occurred, William Fears claimed that only one side was responsible for violence when protests arise.

  • Sonia Alvarado