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Three Richard Spencer supporters charged with attempted murder after firing at anti-Nazi protesters

Tyler Tenbrink, William Fears and Colton Fears, white supremacist admirers of Richard Spencer, one of the most visible white supremacists in the U.S., are facing attempted homicide charges in Florida after the modern-day Nazi spoke at the University of Florida. From The Gainesville Sun:

At 5:20 p.m. Thursday, a vehicle with William Fears, Colton Fears and Tenbrink pulled up to a bus stop at 3315 SW Archer Road where a small group of people were sitting. One of the men began cheering Adolf Hitler and chanting.

The victim hit the vehicle’s rear window with a baton, and the car sped away before abruptly stopping.

Tenbrink got out of the car with a handgun. William Fears and Colton Fears yelled, “I’m going to f—ing kill you,” and “Shoot them.”

Tenbrink fired one shot at the victim. The shot missed and struck the building that was directly behind the victim.

Witnesses said they were targeted by the white supremacists because they were carrying anti-Nazi signs from the counter-demonstration. Earlier in the day, they’d done an interview and warned they had no choice but to resort to violence.

Earlier Thursday, Tenbrink told The Sun he had driven to Gainesville from Houston to see Spencer speak.

“This is a mess. I’m disappointed in the course of things,” he said. “It appears that the only answer left is violence, and nobody wants that.”

William Fears told the Sun that he believed James Fields, who drove his car into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, wasn’t unjustified. He also said alt-right movement supporters were “pushing back” against leftist supporters.

Very fine people. Here is William Fears earlier in the day, doing an interview with The Gainesville Sun. You can read more about the criminal history of these Spencer supporters and the details of their violent attack here.

Jen Hayden

 

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