White nationalists arrested for shooting at protestors in Florida

Elias Hubbard
October 23, 2017

They allegedly threw off Hitler salutes and yelled Nazi chants before shooting at a group of protesters after white supremacist Richard Spencer gave a speech at the University of Florida Thursday evening.

In an interview with the Gainesville Sun, William Fears said that the man who drove a vehicle into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing one woman, was justified and that white supremacists were defending themselves against leftists. The men at the center of the violence were Tyler Eugene Tenbrink, and Colton Gene Fears, both 28 and Colton's brother, 30-year-old William Henry Fears. As the brothers urged him to use it, Tenbrink then fired one shot, thankfully missing the group. Then the Jeep sped off, police said.

The trio was later caught after the victim had memorized the Jeep's license plate and reported it to authorities.

The Fears brothers are being held in the Alachua County Jail on a $1 million bond and Tenbrink is held on a $3 million bond. The information was relayed to several law enforcement agencies with officers in the area. The Jeep was stopped on Interstate 75 North and the men were arrested about 20 miles outside of Gainesville late Thursday night.

Police said all three face felony charges of attempted homicide.

At least two of the men are linked to "extremist groups", police said, without specifying which two. They had just come from the speech and were recorded on video giving interviews to media outlets, defending Spencer's appearance. 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".

Neo-Nazi Richard Spencer's divisive speech at the University of Florida not only promoted hate but seemed to incite violence as well (as, unfortunately, predicted). "He's trying to make it, normalize the idea for white people to have an identity, to advocate for their own interests and to advocate for our own existence", Fears said. Police said that's when Tenbrink got out of the vehicle and took out a handgun while the Fears brothers yelled "shoot them" and "kill them", according to the report. The investigation remains ongoing, Tobias said.

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