Three Arrested After Shooting Following White Nationalist Speech

Police on Friday arrested three Texas men who were allegedly involved in a shooting that broke out right after white nationalist Richard Spencer's speech at the University of Florida.

Around 5:50 p.m., the men pulled up in a silver Jeep next to a small group of people sitting on a bus bench, according to Alachua County deputies.

Tenbrink, a convicted felon, showed a handgun after exiting the vehicle while one of the Fears brothers shouted "I'm going to f*****g kill you", police said. He fired a single shot, police say, missing the group and striking a nearby building. The suspects then drove off, but not before a victim was able to record their license plate number which was then provided to police.

Gainesville police say each man has shown connections to extremist groups.

The Fears brothers are each being held on $1 million bond. The other two suspects, who are brothers, allegedly encouraged Tenbrink to shoot and kill the people in the group, the arrest report said. Sean Brijmohan, 28, was charged with possession of a firearm on school property. David Notte, 34, was charged with resisting an officer without violence.

Leading up to the start of the event, audience members at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts began to boo before Spencer even took the stage.

Three domestic terrorists are under arrest after making Nazi salutes before opening fire on protesters in the aftermath of a white nationalist rally in Florida. It's a lot of money, yes, but it was a necessary investment to prevent injury and preserve free speech.

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While demonstrations remained peaceful, police continued to circulate among protesters and reporters in the street near the auditorium after the event began. One of the men, 28-year-old Tyler Tenbrink, reportedly fired a handgun at the crowd.

Colt Fears said he agreed with about 75% of what Spencer says.

The three men had been spotted by HuffPost at the protests surrounding the Spencer event earlier in the day. He also appeared to have been punched in the mouth and was seen with blood on his teeth and running down his mouth.

One of the protesters then hit the Jeep's rear window with a baton before the vehicle sped off, then abruptly stopped. Police found and arrested the men within four hours of the incident.

"We had complete unknown about the numbers of people who they may be coming to our area and what their intent would be", said Sheriff Darnell.

The University of Florida was forced to navigate a treacherous terrain of constitutional concerns and public safety this week, all in a glaring public spotlight.

No less than two of the suspects have "demonstrated associations with radical gatherings", as indicated by the Gainesville Police Department, despite the fact that it's hazy which two.

"We won't get into exact numbers ... but you can rest assured that there are plenty of extra law enforcement officers in town to help in any situation".

Gainesville police will release more details in the future.

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