Colton Fears, William Fears, and Tyler Tenbrink, all of Texas, face attempted homicide charges. Police said at least two of the three Texas men have connections to right-wing extremist groups. Tenbrink was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. At that point, Tenbrink left the vehicle and pulled out a handgun, the police report said.
Authorities say the three suspects pulled up to the bus stop about 5:30 p.m. and started shouting "Hail Hitler" at the group while throwing Nazi salutes.
One of the victims hit the back of their auto with a baton, and the vehicle pulled away and drove about ten feet before stopping; Tenbrink then got out of the auto with a handgun, while the Fears brothers encouraged him to kill the victims.
Police said that Tenbrink's shot hit a nearby building and did not strike any of the protesters.
An eagle-eyed witness remembered the Jeep's license plate number, which proved to be a big break for police.
Gainesville area law enforcement located and arrested three men about 20 miles north of Gainesville late Thursday for their role in a shooting that followed the afternoon speech by Richard Spencer. The Fears brothers are held under a $1 million bond and Tenbrink under a $3 million bond. The other two suspects, who are brothers, allegedly encouraged Tenbrink to shoot the people in the group.
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William Fears is an "active white supremacist" with ties to several white supremacist groups, including Vanguard America, Patriot Front and others, according to the Anti-Defamation League. "We don't want violence; we don't want harm". In the end, Thursday's appearance by Richard Spencer was a success - as much as an unwelcome visit from a notorious white nationalist can be. Tenbrink described himself as a white nationalist and said he was interested in "preserving our heritage and the American way of life".
Spencer berated the audience for believing in free speech but not letting him speak. Gainesville police say the three then drove away.
Outside, hundreds more people protested with signs and anti-Nazi chants alongside hundreds of police officers there to prevent violence.
Spencer is the president of a group called the National Policy Institute, which asked to organize an event at the university, a public school.