New information has come out about Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17 year old who allegedly shot three rioters, killing two. As the leftist narrative that Rittenhouse was a far-right extremist who murdered people in cold blood falls apart, evidence is brought forward proving self-defense.
Claim: He Traveled Across State Lines to Start a Fight
According to documents provided by the defense, Rittenhouse was an employee at a community pool in Kenosha, where he worked as a lifeguard. Kenosha, Wisconsin is only 20 miles from his hometown of Antioch, Illinois.
In a statement by Rittenhouse’s legal team, it was said that “after Kyle finished his work that day as a community lifeguard in Kenosha, he wanted to help clean up some of the damage, so he and a friend went to the local public high school to remove graffiti by rioters.”
Later that day, Kyle and his friend received information about a local business owner asking for help protecting his business. The business owner had lost most of his auto dealership to rioters the previous night, and needed help defending two mechanic shops that he also owned.
“Kyle and a friend armed themselves with rifles due to the deadly violence gripping Kenosha and many other American cities, and headed to the business premises. The weapons were in Wisconsin and never crossed state lines,” the statement read.
Claim: Kyle Was Looking for a Fight
Rittenhouse and others responded to the call, standing outside one of the shops to prevent further destruction.
Police began to disperse rioters in another area, herding them towards the mechanic shop. The men standing guard, including Rittenhouse, were taunted and threatened by the rioters.
Rittenhouse is also seen on video early in the night offering first aid to people in the crowd, including rioters who had been injured in an incident at a nearby gas station.
Claim: The Three Men Were Shot in Cold Blood
Video has emerged of the incident, where Joseph Rosenbaum, one of the men fatally shot, can be seen screaming at the men protecting businesses.
In the video, Rosenbaum can be seen in a maroon t-shirt antagonizing the armed men, yelling “shoot me, n***a”. Warning, graphic language:
Here's Joseph Rosenbaum, convicted sex offender, antagonizing the militia types and saying "shoot me!" shortly before being fatally shot. pic.twitter.com/KhSNHx8N9P
— I,Hypocrite (@lporiginalg) August 27, 2020
Later in the night, Rosenbaum had removed his shirt and tied it around his head. He is seen in the video charging toward Rittenhouse, throwing what appears to be a white plastic bag at him.
Rittenhouse is seen running from the mob, and a gunshot is heard in the background. He then turns and fires several shots, one which allegedly hit Rosenbaum, who was chasing him, in the head.
It has also been reported that Rosenbaum has a previous conviction for child sex abuse, a class 3 felony.
The second victim, identified as Anthony Huber, can be seen in the video chasing after Rittenhouse after the first shooting. Rittenhouse then is seen tripping and falling to the ground, and is attacked by Huber with a skateboard.
Reportedly, Huber was seen attempting to take the shooter’s gun. Rittenhouse then fires, appearing to hit Huber in the chest.
It has been reported that Huber was convicted of domestic violence related charges in the past.
The full video of the second and third shootings was shared 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
In screenshots of the video, and pictures taken at the scene, the third victim can be seen pointing a handgun at Rittenhouse, who then fires and hits the man in the bicep.
The third man has been identified as Gaige Grosskreutz, who survived the shooting, though may lose his arm.
A statement allegedly from a friend of Grosskreutz said that he told him that he regrets “not killing the kid” and “emptying the entire mag”.
Kyle Rittenhouse has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, attempted first-degree intentional homicide and possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18.
The legal fees and other costs of Kyle’s defense will be provided through donations to #FightBack Foundation Inc., a Texas 501(c)(4) foundation.