Shouts of 'Heil Hitler' Before Shooting After Richard Spencer Speech

3 men charged with attempted homicide
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2017 5:30 AM CDT
This photo provided by the Alachua County Sheriffs Office shows Colton Fears. Police say three men, Fears, William Fears and Tyler Tenbrink were arrested after a shot was fired after an argument with...   (Alachua County Sheriffs Office via AP)
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(Newser) – Three men were arrested for an alleged shooting that took place about an hour after white nationalist Richard Spencer's University of Florida speech ended Thursday, and Gainesville police say the men yelled "Heil Hitler" before shots were fired. Tyler Tenbrink and brothers Colton and William Fears, all from Texas, have been charged with attempted homicide, CBS 4 reports. The three had spoken to the media supporting Spencer and his views hours before the shooting; police say after the speech ended, they were in a Jeep and started making Nazi salutes and shouting at people near a bus stop who were holding anti-Nazi signs, the AP reports.

One of the victims hit the Jeep's back window with a baton, after which it stopped and the Fears brothers, threatening to kill the protesters, allegedly urged Tenbrink to shoot, which he allegedly did. The shot hit a nearby building, and police say the three suspects then drove away. They were picked up later after victims called police and gave their license plate number. Police say Tenbrink admitted to shooting; he is also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. They also say at least two of the men have connections to extremist groups. (Ohio State on Friday denied a request from Spencer to speak at the school.)

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