The man who was shot in the arm by Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year admitted during Rittenhouse’s trial that the then-17-year-old didn’t shoot him until the man pointed his gun at Rittenhouse.
Rittenhouse shot Gaige Grosskreutz in the arm in August of 2020 in what video evidence shows was self-defense. Now, Grosskreutz has admitted as much under oath.
“It wasn’t until you pointed your gun at him, advanced on him… with your gun pointed at him, that he fired, right?” Rittenhouse’s lawyer asked.
“Yes,” Grosskreutz responded.
Huge, huge moment at Rittenhouse trial. You don’t get many moments like this as a trial attny. ⬇️ https://t.co/2cgXuyT8Wo— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) November 8, 2021
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In the months after the incident, Grosskreutz launched a media tour and became a minor celebrity in the Black Lives Matter movement. As GunsAmerica reported at the time, 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.” (Those posts have since been taken down.)
He also told CNN that he was in “constant” physical and emotional pain following 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.”
The Rittenhouse trial has included several surprising moments, including an eyewitness who reported that Joseph Rosenbaum, the first man Rittenhouse killed, told Rittenhouse and another man he would “kill you” if he met “either one of you alone.”
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In addition, never-before-seen footage from an FBI surveillance plane appears to show Rosenbaun hiding in ambush for Rittenhouse before their fatal encounter.
The broad outlines of the case, however, haven’t changed for anyone who was paying attention last year.
A “visual investigation” published by the New York Times in August of 2020 revealed that Rittenhouse acted in self-defense.
Based on video evidence from multiple people, Rittenhouse was chased by Rosenbaum and a gun was fired before Rittenhouse turned and shot the man. As he was trying to escape the rioting crowd, Anthony Huber struck Rittenhouse with a skateboard and tried to grab his rifle. Rittenhouse fired once a Huber, killing him, and once at Grosskreutz, severing his right bicep.