The third night of unrest in Kenosha following the police shooting on of Jacob Blake, an unarmed 29-year-old Black man turned deadly. An officer shot Blake seven times in the back as he was getting into a car. His three young children witnessed the shooting. Blake was reportedly trying to break up a fight between two women before the shooting, but the police have not explained why they went after him. He remained hospitalized in serious but stable condition and is paralyzed from the waist down.
Just before midnight, a young male clutching a long rifle wandered around the dark streets of Kenosha in a backward baseball cap and a green T-shirt. The suspect, Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, a self-described militia member from Illinois- killed two people and wounded a third. Video of the shooting circulated social media the day before he was arrested despite him walking past a group of officers carrying the AR-15 just minutes after the shooting as people shouted for them to arrest him.
Since his arrest, the teen has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide, one count of reckless homicide, a count for attempted intentional homicide, two counts of recklessly endangering safety and possession of a dangerous weapon while under the age of 18, which is a misdemeanor. The videos that circulated on social media showing a person with a long gun running down a street, followed by a crowd was Rittenhouse after he shot his first victim, Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, who was chasing him and threw a plastic bag at him. Rittenhouse then called his friend and told him he just killed someone. Witnesses began chasing the shooter shouting for people to stop him because he just shot someone.
That video, which sparked divided comments with some labeling him a “national treasure” and a murderer by others, shows Rittenhouse running down the street being chased by several people before he tripped and fell. Rittenhouse then shoots his second victim, Anthony Huber, 26, as Huber hits him in the shoulder with his skateboard. Rittenhouse then shoots his third victim, Gaige Grosskreutz, 26, a volunteer medic, in the arm before getting up and continuing to run. Grosskreutz was armed but did not return fire after being shot. Rittenhouse then walks toward police responding to the shots fired, at times putting his hands in the air but was not even approached despite several people yelling that he was the shooter.
The medical examiner found that Rosenbaum was shot in the groin, back and left hand. The wounds fractured his pelvis and perforated his right lung and liver. He also suffered a superficial wound to his left thigh and a graze wound to his forehead. Hannah Gittings, Huber’s girlfriend, said he pushed her out of the way before chasing after the man others on the street had identified as the shooter. Huber’s autopsy showed he had a gunshot wound to his chest that perforated his heart, aorta, pulmonary artery and right lung. The third shooting victim, Gaige Grosskreutz, was treated and released from the hospital.