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Area Trio Arrested After Shooting Near White Nationalist's Florida Rally

21 October 2017, 12:41 | Colleen Roy

A display of mitzvahs done or pledged by students faculty and community members

A display of mitzvahs done or pledged by students faculty and community members

Three supporters of white nationalist Richard Spencer were arrested Thursday for their role in a shooting that followed an afternoon speech by Richard Spencer at the University of Florida.

Each of the three face lawful offense accusations of endeavored murder, police said. Tenbrink is a convicted felon, facing an additional charge of possession of a firearm.

Police said that the trio stopped by the group of protesters shortly before 5:30 pm on Thursday, allegedly threatening the protesters, doing Nazi salutes, and shouting chants about Hitler.

During the argument, Tenbrink pulled out a handgun, police said, while the Fears brothers egged him on to shoot the protesters. Polie said Tenbrink fired a single shot that "thankfully missed the group" and hit a nearby building.

The men were arrested roughly 20 miles outside of Gainesville after trying to flee in the vehicle, after one protester involved in the confrontation reported its license number to the police, according to the Post. Just a few hours later, an off-duty Alachua County sheriff's deputy, who was on his way home after working the Spencer event, began searching for the vehicle and ultimately found it.

The Fears brothers were each being held on a $1 million dollar bail in Alachua County Jail as of Friday. Tenbrink was being held with a $3 million bond.

Authorities said two others were arrested, including one for carrying a gun on campus and another for resisting an officer without violence.

"I would like to thank Gainesville for showing outsiders that our town is no place for hatred to exist", said Spokesperson for the Gainesville Police Department, Officer Ben Tobias.

No one was injured in the shooting incident, which occurred on Thursday near the campus in Gainesville where hundreds of people protested Richard Spencer's speech amid a heavy police presence and a preemptive state of emergency declaration by the governor.

The community had taken considerable steps to prevent violence at the Spencer event.

Tenbrink told the Sun that he traveled to Gainesville from Houston to see Spencer's speech.

"They don't have to fear us".

Gainesville police will release more details in the future.

Spencer, a leader of the alt-right movement, organized the August "Unite the Right" march in Charlottesville, Va., that led to the death of one protester.

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