The man shot in the bicep by Kyle Rittenhouse during the riots in Kenosha last month sat down with CNN to defend his actions and explain his thoughts and feelings about the incident.
“I was shot point blank with a .223 round from the shooter,” Grosskreutz said. “And I am now missing 90% of my bicep. This has not been easy emotionally, physically. I’m in constant pain, like excruciating pain that just doesn’t go away — both in my arm, in my heart.”
Grosskreutz is dealing with some of that pain by presenting himself as a hero of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. The public portions of his Facebook profile include pictures of himself holding up his bandaged arm at a BLM rally along with a “Defund the Police” mural captioned, “All love.”
Grosskreutz made national headlines last month after his tried to attack 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse with a handgun at a riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rittenhouse had already shot two people in what appears to be self-defense, and Grosskreutz ran towards Rittenhouse with a handgun while Rittenhouse sat on the ground.
Grosskreutz, 27, was shot point-blank by Rittenhouse, and he lost a significant portion of his bicep.
Social media reports following the incident claimed Grosskreutz had been convicted of a felony and was not legally allowed to own a firearm. Grosskreutz contested this claim in his interview with CNN.
“I’m not a felon,” he said. “I have my concealed carry, I’ve had it for years. That was my gun. My firearm. I had a legal right to possess it and to possess it concealed.”
Thus far, no proof has turned up that Grosskreutz was ever convicted of a felony, and he has not been charged with a crime related to the incident in Kenosha.
But that doesn’t mean his rap sheet is clean. Publicly available Wisconsin court records revealed five run-ins with the law in recent years.
The most serious conviction was a 2016 misdemeanor in which he was found guilty of going armed with a firearm while intoxicated. Other less serious citations include,
- In 2015, Grosskreutz was found guilty of operating a vehicle with a suspended license.
- In 2015, he was taken to small claims court by his landlord and evicted for failing to pay his rent. He was sued alongside co-debtor and current buddy Jacob Marshall.
- In 2019, he was found guilty of “Obedience to Officer” and “Loud Noises.”
Immediately following the riots in Kenosha, there was some debate as to whether Grosskreutz approached Rittenhouse with his gun drawn or drew his firearm after being shot. More recent video appears to show Grosskreutz with his firearm in his hand as he moves towards Rittenhouse.
Another angle of the shot to Gaige Grosskreutz’s arm. Clear video evidence of the gun he had drawn when approaching Kyle. pic.twitter.com/AiZDvGsak4— Largely Peaceful Tsukkomi (@ljenkins314) August 27, 2020
Additionally, an unconfirmed Facebook post from Grosskreutz’s friend, Jacob Marshall, suggests that Grosskreutz ran towards Rittenhouse with the intent to kill him.
Confession anyone? pic.twitter.com/HFCICQYcT8— 0komi (@0komi) August 27, 2020
The other two men Rittenhouse shot had more serious rap sheets.
Joseph Rosenbaum was found guilty of sexually abusing a child in 2002 and sentenced to 15 years in prison. In 2012, Anthony Huber was found guilty of multiple felonies after he threatened his brother and grandmother at their home with a knife, choked the brother, and demanded that they follow his orders, according to Snopes.
Both Rosenbaum and Huber died of gunshot wounds after Rittenhouse shot them.