White Extremists Charged With Attempted Homicide Following Richard Spencer Speech

Rabbi Abraham and Rivka Korf
Rabbi Abraham and Rivka Korf

21 October, 2017

The aftermath of white nationalist Richard Spencer's speech at the University of Florida in Gainesville turned violent on Thursday when three white supremacists allegedly shot at anti-racism protesters. Tenbrink admitted to the police that he was the shooter, according to his arrest report, and faces additional charges for possession of a firearm by a felon. 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.

The shooting took place near a bus stop in Gainesville where police say a silver Jeep stopped and the three men inside started taunting a group of protesters.

William Fears and Colton Fears remain at the county jail on a $1 million bond, and Tenbrink is held on a $3 million bond, according to jail records. With his friends yelling "kill them" and "shoot them", Tenbrink fired one shot, which missed the protesters and hit the building behind them.

Both Tenbrink and William Fears appear to have been committed white nationalists. The other two suspects, who are brothers, allegedly encouraged Tenbrink to shoot the people in the group. They were "threatening, offering Nazi salutes and shouting chants about Hitler", the Gainesville Police Department said in a statement. "Us coming in and saying we're taking over your town, we're starting to push back, we're starting to want to intimidate back".

Spencer, who advocates for a white-ethno state, arrived in Gainesville on Thursday to deliver a speech on his views at the university.

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The added precautions stem partly from Gov. Rick Scott's decision on Wednesday to declare a state of emergency before the event.

Hours before the shooting, all three men had spoken with the media in support of Spencer's speech and white nationalism.

The vehicle drove about 10 feet and stopped.

Security costs for the University of Florida Police Department, Gainesville Police Department, Alachua County Sheriff's Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida Highway Patrol and other agencies total more than $500,000, according to the school website.

Heather Heyer, 32, was killed in Charlotesville on 12 August 2017, when another white supremacist rammed a auto into a crowd of pedestrians protesting against the "Unite the Right" rally, yet another violent Spencer-backed event.

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