Three men were charged with attempted homicide after they argued with a group of people protesting a white nationalist’s speech in Gainesville, Florida, and fired a shot at them, police said Friday.
Shortly after Richard Spencer’s speech Thursday at the University of Florida – which generated so much controversy that the governor declared a state of emergency days before the event – a silver Jeep pulled up to a group of protesters near a bus stop and started to argue with them, according to the Gainesville Police Department.
The men threatened the group, making Nazi salutes and shouting chants about Hitler, police said. One of the people hit the Jeep with a baton, and it pulled over. Tyler Tenbrink, 28, of Richmond, Texas, jumped out with a gun. A second passenger got out, and Colton Fears, 28, and William Fears, 30, of Pasadena, Texas, encouraged Tenbrink to shoot, according to the Alachua County Sheriff’s arrest report, yelling, “I’m going to f– kill you,” and “Kill them,” and “Shoot them.”
Tenbrink fired a single shot that missed the people, police said, and hit a nearby building.
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