However the love for Furniss, who was wearing a shirt sporting several swastikas, soon dissipated and an unidentified man lunged out f the crowd, punching him directly in the face.
UF cited the Charlottesville violence in rejecting an initial request from Spencer to speak at the university, but later relented on free speech grounds.
Hours before the shooting, all three men had spoken with the media in support of Spencer's speech and white nationalism.
Tyler Tenbrink, 28, fired the shot after he and two brothers in a Jeep shouted obscenities, threats and chants about Hitler at the protesters, who were at a bus stop in Gainsville, Florida, police said.
Tyler Tenbrink, William Fears, and Colton Fears.
Tenbrink, a convicted felon, showed a handgun after exiting the vehicle while the Fears brothers encouraged him to shoot, police said.
Spencer's event on the University of Florida campus began at roughly 2:45 p.m. Spencer, who infamously celebrated Donald Trump's election at a Washington "alt-right" event by giving a speech rife with references to Nazi slogans, also spoke at the August 12 Charlottesville, Virginia, alt-right rally after which protester Heather Heyer was killed by a white supremacist who is accused of intentionally running her over with a vehicle.
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"Colton Fears and William Fears were also yelling, "Kill them" and 'Shoot them, '" the police report stated. Tenbrink also faces charges of possession of a firearm by convicted felon.
Tenbrink fired one shot, which struck a building, police said.
The men fled the scene and headed north on Highway 75, police said. The three men were later taken into custody and charged with attempted homicide. He allegedly rode a bicycle past a police barricade near Mr. Spencer's event, ignored authorities when he was told to stop and then pulled away from a deputy while being handcuffed, the local ABC News affiliate reported.
Police say two of the three have connections to "extremist groups".
Richard Spencer, a white supremacist leader held a rally at the University of Florida in Gainesville Thursday night.
One of the victims was able to get a license plate number from the Jeep and called law enforcement before the Jeep sped off, according to the arrest report.