A 17-year-old self-described militia member has been charged in the shooting deaths of two people and the wounding of a third during protests in Kenosha after a police shooting. Kyle Rittenhouse will appear in court Friday for an extradition hearing to Wisconsin. He was arrested Wednesday in Antioch, Illinois, where he lives. Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, died in the shooting. Gaige Grosskreutz, 26, was injured.
Rittenhouse considered himself a militia member trying to protect life and property, according to videos, interviews and social media posts. He is facing six charges, including one count of first-degree intentional homicide.
Although the shootings were captured on multiple videos, the criminal complaint released Thursday provides a more detailed look at what prosecutors say happened and how the events unfolded: A reporter was interviewing Rittenhouse, who was carrying an AR-15 style rifle, when Rosenbaum approached them. Rittenhouse did a “juke” move and started running from Rosenbaum and several other people who were nearby.
The reporter later told police he had handled many similar rifles and noted that Rittenhouse “was not handling the weapon very well.” A video showed Rosenbaum throwing something at the teen. The object, determined to be a plastic bag in another video, did not hit Rittenhouse. “Rosenbaum appears to be unarmed for the duration of this video,” the complaint says. Rittenhouse and Rosenbaum ended up in a parking lot, with the reporter close behind them. The reporter said Rittenhouse reached a car and had his gun in a “low ready position,” with the gun angled down, before raising it. Hearing a gunshot, the reporter dove to the pavement.
A video cited in the criminal complaint captured a loud bang, presumably the first gunshot, then a man shouting an expletive. Rosenbaum can be seen appearing to approach Rittenhouse. As Rosenbaum gets closer, four more loud bangs ring out and he falls to the ground. [full article]