One of the three men began cheering Adolf Hitler and chanting after they drove up to a bus stop where a small group of people were sitting Thursday afternoon, The Gainesville Sun reported. The other two suspects, who are brothers, allegedly encouraged Tenbrink to shoot and kill the people in the group, the arrest report said.
The three men were described by authorities of having connections to hate groups or espousing extremist views. The protests in Gainesville were mostly peaceful.
'I am amazed that immediately after being shot at, a victim had the forethought to get the vehicle's license number, ' Tobias said. No one was hit, and the single shot struck a building nearby.
When one of the people in the group used a baton to strike the rear window of the suspects' Jeep, the three suspects got out and began yelling death threats.
A video taken by a Tampa Bay Times reporter following Spencer's speech appears to show Tenbrink getting surrounded by protestors before he hopped over a fence.
Three men were arrested for their alleged role in a shooting incident following Spencer's speech, according to the Gainesville Police Department. The Fears brothers are held under a $1 million bond and Tenbrink under a $3 million bond.
Tenbrink jumped out of the vehicle brandishing a handgun, while William and Colton allegedly yelled, "I'm going to f-ing kill you!" and "Shoot them!" according to the paper.
The suspects fled in a auto and were later arrested by an off-duty officer who noticed the vehicle while driving home from working at the Spencer event, police said. "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". However, the planned protest and rally quickly degenerated into a violent riot after torch-wielding white nationalists and white supremacists marched through Charlottesville chanting "Jews will not replace us" and "white lives matter".
School officials cited the Charlottesville violence in rejecting an initial request from Spencer to speak at the university.
All three men are now being held in Alachua County Jail.
As previously reported, Florida's Republican Governor Rick Scott issued a state of emergency in advance of the event to stave off potential violence. 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.