Teen in Wisconsin protest deaths used pandemic funds for gun

Cheryl Sanders
November 21, 2020

Kyle Rittenhouse, the Antioch teen accused of killing two men and wounding another during violent demonstrations this summer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, told The Washington Post he has no regrets about arming himself with an assault-style rifle and wading into the chaotic protests. He told the newspaper that he was carrying the gun that night to protect himself.

They reveal what Rittenhouse told them happened that night in august.

He says he purchased the gun with $1200 from the IL unemployment stimulus check because he was furloughed from the YMCA he worked at. "And I got my first unemployment check, so I was like, 'Oh, I'll use this to buy it'".

The defendant is charged in the alleged murders Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26.

Rittenhouse is too young to purchase a gun on his own so he had an adult make the purchase for him.

Kyle Rittenhouse is accused of fatally shooting Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wounding Gaige Grosskreutz during a demonstration on August 25 that followed the police shooting of a Black man named Jacob Blake in Kenosha. He now faces charges including first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide and attempted first-degree intentional homicide. Swart told the Post he left the hospital that morning. "He was like, 'I was getting attacked, so I had to shoot, '" Faith said. He then went to talk to Swart, who would not let him stay with her, but warned him not to go downtown due to ongoing protests after a white police officer shot Jacob Blake, who was Black, seven times in the back.

"I was going to a place were people had guns and god forbid somebody brought a gun to me and made a decision to shoot me", the teen said.

"When I saw pieces of video (of the shooting), that's self-defense and he needs to come home to his family", Wendy Rittenhouse said.

Black told police Rittenhouse said he opened fire because people were attacking him and were going to kill him.

Dominick Black, 19, was is charged in Kenosha County Circuit Court with two counts of intentionally providing a risky weapon to a minor, resulting in death.

Black's attorney claims there is no evidence he gave a firearm to Rittenhouse, according to a hearing Thursday where the attorney's motion to drop charges against Black was denied.

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