Spencer began by thanking the some 500 police officers who secured the event, as well as the University of Florida's president for allowing the event to proceed.
According to officials, Tyler Tenbrink (28, left), Colton Fears (28, center), and William Fears (30, right) pulled up to the area around 5:30 p.m. and started shouting "Hail Hilter" at the pedestrians while throwing Nazi salutes. Bristow claims in the statement that he helped the American Civil Liberties Union when it sued to allow a "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August that led to deadly violence when 20-year-old white nationalist James Field Jr., of OH, struck and killed a protester with his vehicle. The victim of the shooting heard someone in a moving auto shout at a group of people, "Hail Hitler!" along with other hateful chants. Tenbrink fired a single shot at an unidentified victim, which missed, according to authorities. The protester was able to provide the license plate number to police, and officers put out an attempt to locate bulletin on the vehicle.
According to an arrest report, the three men were in a vehicle when they stopped by a bus stop and began arguing with a man, who was in a group of six to eight people.
Police say at least two of the men have connections to extremist groups but didn't immediately identify which ones.
William and Colton Fears then yelled "I'm going to (expletive) kill you", and Tenbrink fired one shot at the victim, missing him and hitting a building.
Before Spencer's speech on Thursday, the Gainesville Sun actually interviewed William Fears about why he drove from Houston to hear an advocate of ethnic cleansing lecture college students about free speech. Tenbrink was also charged with being a felon in possession of a weapon, stemming from an arrest in 2009 for aggravated kidnapping of a female acquaintance in Texas.
"It's always been socially acceptable to punch a Nazi, to attack people if they have right-wing political leanings", he said. The investigation remains ongoing, Tobias said.