Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old male who shot three protesters and killed two on Tuesday night in Kenosha, Wisconsin, has been arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree manslaughter.
New from Kenosha: Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, was arrested in Antioch, Ill., today after being charged with 1st degree intentional homicide for the shooting here last night, law enforcement authorities say. City officials in #Kenosha will hold a 1 p.m. press conference.
— Julie Bosman (@juliebosman) August 26, 2020
Official documents from Lake County, Illinois, indicate that the teenager was arrested in Antioch, Illinois (30 minutes southwest of Kenosha), on Wednesday morning after he passed state lines to shield companies from any unrest resulting from the police shooting of Jacob Blake on Sunday.
Anewspost previously reported how the protests have gotten increasingly more violent each night with people trashing their own city burning businesses, lighting cars on fire, windows smashed and looting shops.
Kenosha police have released very few details on the shooting of Blake saying that officers were responding to a domestic incident at 5:11 p.m. Sunday. Raysean White, 22, who recorded the video, has said he heard police tell Blake to “drop the knife.” White said he did not see Blake with a knife, and it is not clear whether he was carrying one.
However, White’s video when zoomed in shows Blake may have an unidentified object in his hand. But it’s not clear if that object is a knife or keychain. There is also a second video that Anewspost reported which in the footage an unknown woman can be heard screaming “drop it.” The Wisconsin Department of Justice is investigating the police-involved shooting according to a report by the New York Times. All officers involved were placed on administrative leave and the DOJ “aims to provide a report of the incident to the prosecutor within 30 days” to determine whether to file any charges.
The shooting by Rittenhouse occurred last night on the streets of Wisconsin amid tensions between police, protesters, and an unknown armed vigilante group that has set up camp to defend local businesses. One of the groups of the militia was marching armed around a gas station allegedly protecting it. The gas station became a point of interest between the militia and protesters, who began arguing with each other.
The arguments eventually resulted in several shots being fired at an unknown man by Kyle identified as a “young man carrying a rifle,” at the time according to the Washington Post.
Rittenhouse flees the scene and people chase after him following the shooting. He then trips while other people are chasing him down the road and as Anewspost reported earlier, he’s seen on the ground being attacked by protesters.
Videos uploaded to the internet show Rittenhouse with the gun tripping in the street before one person kicks him, while another appeared to strike him with a skateboard. Rittenhouse decides at this moment to unload several more shots hitting two other men one in the chest and another in the arm as he fends off the men trying to disarm and subdue him.
After Rittenhouse stumbled, “two people jumped onto him and there was a struggle for control of his rifle,” witness Julio Rosas told Associated Press. “At that point during the struggle, he just began to fire multiple rounds and that dispersed people near him.”
After the incident, Rittenhouse stood up and continues walking down the street as police cars begin to arrive on the scene.
The man then slings his gun across his chest, puts up his hands, and nonchalantly walks toward the squad of cars as someone yells at police “that man just shot someone.” Several police cars are seen passing by him driving down the street toward the people who had just been shot.
Social media users and Antifa group “It’s Going Down News” identified Kyle as the “young man” who is a “Blue Lives Matter” supporter.
Two people were shot + killed + another wounded in #Kenosha after a white militia member opened fire during ongoing protests. Shooter identified himself on video as Kyle; seen earlier being given water by riot police who thanked him for being there. Militia promoted on InfoWars. pic.twitter.com/jKW24k6gUU
— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) August 26, 2020
Rittenhouse used a long-barrel semi-automatic rifle for the murders. During the incident, he could even be heard saying “I just killed someone.”
A crowd chases a suspected shooter down in Kenosha. He trips and falls, then turns with the gun and fires several times. Shots can be heard fired elsewhere as well, corroborating reports of multiple shooters tonight #Kenosha #KenoshaRiots pic.twitter.com/qqsYWmngFW
— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene) August 26, 2020
Prior to the shooting, a Kenosha resident Koerri Elijah says he saw Rittenhouse behaving strangely outside of the gas station. Elijah said the young shooter appeared “on edge,” unlike the other militia members.
I noticed him the entire time. He didn’t seem like he was there with anyone,” Elijah told Insider. “He was armed. He didn’t seem like he was a threat, but I thought maybe I should keep an eye on him.
Rittenhouse then fled the state and spent the night as a fugitive until being arrested Wednesday morning.
The man was also seen being given bottled water by police in the area, with an unidentified cop stating in a video widely shared on social media that they appreciated the militia being there.
Sheriff David Beth later suggested in an interview with the New York Times that the event was the predictable outcome of armed civilians taking to the streets to protect the city.
I’ve had people saying, ‘Why don’t you deputize citizens?’” Beth said, according to New York Times. “This is why you don’t deputize citizens with guns to protect Kenosha.