Police say three men were arrested after a shot was sacked at a group of people following the appearance of white nationalist Richard Spencer at the University of Florida.
The shooting took place after the speech, according to an account provided by Gainesville police. Police said the men "began threatening, offering Nazi salutes, and chants about Hitler". Police say the victims were at a bus stop not far from the event, when a Jeep with four men inside pulled up and started yelling at them.
The Gainesville Police Department said Tyler Tenbrink, 28, William Fears, 30, and Colton Fears, 28, provoked a gathering of individuals remaining close to a transport stop promptly following Spencer's dubious occasion on Thursday.
Police say the incident happened about 5:30 p.m., about an hour after Spencer's speech, which had attracted thousands of protesters, ended. Police say the Jeep drove about 10 feet and stopped. Colton and William Fears were identified as brothers by police, and police said at least two of the men are connected to extremist groups.
Tenbrink fired a single shot toward someone in the group, police said.
Another bystander said they memorized the license plate number of the vehicle and shared it with police.
An off-duty deputy from the Alachua County Sheriff's Office was on his way home when he spotted the Jeep about 20 miles north of Gainesville. They had just come from the speech and were recorded on video giving interviews to media outlets, defending Spencer's appearance. The other two suspects, who are brothers, allegedly encouraged Tenbrink to shoot and kill the people in the group, the arrest report said. Colton and William Fears are being held on $1 million bond. "He's trying to make it, normalize the idea for white people to have an identity, to advocate for their own interests and to advocate for our own existence", Fears said. Tenbrink then reportedly pulled out a firearm, and the Fears brothers told him to shoot it at the protesters.
It was not clear whether police or prosecutors are contemplating seeking hate-crime enhancements to the charges.