Kyle Rittenhouse: White teen charged with first-degree murder for shooting 3 BLM protesters
A white teen, Kyle Rittenhouse was today arrested and charged with ‘first-degree murder’ for shooting three Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters in Kenosha, Wisconson.
The victims were part of a group protesting the cop shooting of an African-American man, Jacob Blake, who has now become paralyzed from injuries he sustained from the shooting.
Two of the victims have now died while the third is in critical condition in the hospital.
Videos and images circulating online show the 17-year-old aiming at the protesters with an AR-15 rifle on Tuesday night.
He was later identified and arrested by officers.
He is being held in a juvenile facility in Illinois and is expected to appear in court on Friday.
Rittenhouse is from Antioch, Illinois, and crossed state borders to commit the act.
He was part of a small group of armed civilians that defended local businesses as thugs hiding under the guise of the protests looted shops.
He was said to be “on edge” as the protesters and militia confronted each other.
A videographer who regularly films protests, Brendan Gutenschwager, posted one of the videos of the incident on Twitter.
A crowd chases a suspected shooter down in Kenosha. He trips and falls, then turns with the gun and fires several times. Shots can be heard fired elsewhere as well, corroborating reports of multiple shooters tonight #Kenosha #KenoshaRiots pic.twitter.com/qqsYWmngFW
— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene) August 26, 2020