Juvenile arrested and charged with homicide in Kenosha protest killings

by Peter Heck · Aug 27th, 2020 8:36 am

Last Updated Aug 29th, 2020 at 11:22 am

A 17-year-old juvenile from Illinois was arrested Wednesday and charged with first-degree homicide after video shows him shooting at a crowd of protesters and rioters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday night. Kyle Rittenhouse of Antioch, Illinois, allegedly killed two demonstrators and injured another with his AR-15 after being knocked to the ground.

Rittenhouse was arrested in his home town of Antioch, about 20 miles from the scene of the crime, and is currently being held in the Lake County Judicial System pending a transfer of custody from Illinois to Wisconsin.

Rittenhouse voluntarily drove to Kenosha to stand guard outside businesses that were being targeted by looters and rioters. Cell phone video footage shows how events turned deadly when Rittenhouse was pushed down onto the street. A man with a skateboard appears to try to grab the gun before being shot in the chest. As the crowd of protesters begin to disperse, Rittenhouse then fires somewhat indiscriminately from a seated position before standing up and walking away.

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At least one eyewitness said that while other armed civilians were present to defend local homes and businesses, Rittenhouse seemed "more erratic and ‘on edge' than the others."

Sometime before the shooting occurred, Rittenhouse was interviewed by The Blaze's Elijah Schaffer.

? Wisconsin National Guard troops have been deployed to help stem the violence, and President Trump tweeted his intent to send "federal law enforcement" to come to Kenosha's assistance as well.


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