A 17-year-old from Illinois has been charged with first-degree homicide after his involvement in two separate shootings Tuesday that left two people dead and one wounded at the Jacob Blake protests in Kenosha, Wi.
The Village of Antioch Police Department announced in a Facebook post on Wednesday that Kenosha authorities had charged Antioch resident Kyle Rittenhouse with the crime. He is in the custody of the Lake County Judicial System pending an extradition hearing to transfer custody from Illinois to Wisconsin.
Viral videos of both incidents rocketed around social media yesterday. In the first, a person who appears to be Rittenhouse carrying an AR-15 can be seen running away from a protester who throws something on fire at him.
Moments later, eight shots ring out, though it isn’t clear how many of them come from Rittenhouse’s rifle. At least some of the shots came from an unknown gunman who fired into the air, according to the New York Times. A man lies on the ground between two cars, and Rittenhouse circles around while speaking on the phone.
People can be heard yelling “Call 911! Get help!” Rittenhouse, still on the phone, runs from the scene and out of the frame.
Rittenhouse shot the man in the head, and he later died.
In a video of the second incident, a crowd of people can be seen running after Rittenhouse, and someone asks, “What’d he do?” to which someone else responds, “He shot someone!”
Rittenhouse falls, and someone yells, “Get his ass!” while people converge and try to take his gun. One of them hits Rittenhouse with a skateboard, and the teen fires one shot at his attacker while lying on the ground. That man later died.
He sits up and fires another shot at a different person who comes towards him holding a handgun. The man was shot in the arm and lived.
The crowd disperses and several more shots ring out, though they do not appear to come from Rittenhouse’s gun.
The teen jogs down the street towards police vehicles and attempts to flag them down with his hands in the air. The vehicles drive past him, and it isn’t clear whether he was apprehended before the video ends.
WATCH VIDEO!— kirk acevedo (@kirkacevedo) August 26, 2020
Kyle Rittenhouse 17 years old
from Antioch, IL shoots a man in the head with an AR-15 & kills him in Kenosha. He also shot 2 more people killing 2.
Evades street justice by running toward cops with an AR-15
AND the Police just let him go!
Rittenhouse was interviewed by the Daily Caller just hours before the shootings occurred. He may have been in Kenosha as part of a militia group organized to protect local businesses, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
“People are getting injured, and our job is to protect this business,” he told the Daily Caller. “Part of my job is also to help people. If there’s somebody hurt, I’m running into harm’s way. That’s why I have my rifle because I need to protect myself, obviously. But I also have my med kit.”
Rittenhouse was a supporter of the police, according to screenshots from his now-removed Facebook page. He at one point used a Blue Lives Matter frame for his profile page, and he was involved in a youth police cadet program.
Earlier that day, he was spotted with a group helping to clean graffiti off of a court house.
The protests in Kenosha were sparked by the police shooting last week of a black man named Jacob Blake. Blake was shot in the back seven times after resisting arrest, and a knife was found in his car, according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice.