A 17-year-old white police fan was arrested in the shooting of two people during a third night of protests in Kenosha over the police shooting of black man Jacob Blake.
Kyle Rittenhouse, from Antioch, Illinois, has been detained in Illinois on suspicion of first degree homicide. Antioch is about 15 miles from Kenosha.
Two people were shot dead in an attack by a white youth who was filmed in a video on a mobile phone as he opened fire in the middle of the street with a semi-automatic rifle.
“I just killed someone,” the gunman can be heard saying sometime during the rampage, which broke out shortly before midnight.
In the wake of the killings, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers authorized 500 National Guard members to support local law enforcement services around Kenosha, doubling the number of troops sent. The governor’s office said it is working with other states to bring in additional national forces. Guard forces and law officers. The authorities also announced seven in the evening. curfew.
“A meaningless tragedy like this can never happen again,” the governor, a Democrat, said in a statement. “I ask again those who choose to exercise their First Amendment rights, please do so safely and securely, as many did last night. I also ask individuals who are not there to exercise these rights please stay home and allow local first responders, law enforcement and guard members National of Wisconsin to do their jobs. “
Sheriff David Beth told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that one of the victims was shot in the head and the other in the chest. A third person was injured by bullets that were not believed to be threatening his life.
“We were all chanting ‘black lives matter’ at the gas station, and then we heard, boom, boom, and I said to my friend, ‘These are not fireworks.'” Protester Devin Scott told the Chicago Tribune, 19. And then this guy running This huge weapon is next to us in the middle of the street and people shout, “He shot one of them! Shoot one of them!” Everyone tries to fight the man, he chases after him and then starts shooting again.
Scott said he embraced a lifeless victim in his arms, and a woman began performing CPR, but “I don’t think it worked.”
According to witness accounts and video clips, the police apparently let the young man in charge of the shooting pass by them with a rifle over his shoulder while members of the crowd were shouting for his arrest because he had shot people.
Rittenhouse, who has been identified in court papers as a rescue worker at the YMCA in Lindenhurst, Illinois, was appointed a public attorney in Illinois for a hearing on Friday for his extradition to Wisconsin authorities. The Attorney General’s office did not immediately comment.
Much of Rittenhouse’s Facebook page is dedicated to praising law enforcement, with reference to the Blue Lives Matter, a movement that supports the police. He can also be seen carrying an assault rifle.
Other images include badges of various law enforcement agencies, including the Chicago Police Department. There is a black stripe on all badges – something that police officers would do with a black tape or other material whenever an officer was killed in the line of duty.
In a photo his mother posted, he wore what appeared to be a blue law enforcement uniform as well as the type of brimmed hat that state soldiers wear.
Al-Sharif told the Journal Sentinel that gunmen had been patrolling the streets of Kenosha in recent nights, but he did not know if the gunman was among them.
“They are a militia,” Beth said. “They are like a community group.”
The FBI said it is helping with the case.
Wisconsin Gov. Mandela Barnes, who is black, said in an interview with the news program “Democracy Now!” That the shooting was not surprising and that the White Militia had been ignored for so long.
“How many times around this country do you see gunmen, protesting, marching through the state Capitol, and everyone thinks it’s okay?” Barnes said. “People treat this as a kind of natural activity that people drive around with assault rifles.”
Witness accounts and videos show that the shooting occurred in two stages: the gunman first shot someone in a parking lot, then ran away, stumbled and fell into the street, and opened fire again when members of the crowd closed in on him.
A witness, Julio Rosas, 24, said that when the gunman stumbled, “two people jumped on him and there was a struggle to control his rifle. At that point during the struggle, he just started firing several bullets which dispersed the people near him.”
“The gun was rotating in all directions while it was being fired,” Rosas said.
Sam Dirks, 22, from Milwaukee, said he saw the suspected gunman earlier in the evening, and was shouting at some of the protesters.
He was wandering around, just pointing his gun in general. Dirks said, “Not necessarily on anyone specifically.”
In another widely circulated video, police can be seen hurling bottled water from an armored vehicle into what appear to be armed civilians walking in the streets. One of the civilians appeared to be the gunman who later shot the protesters.
“We appreciate you being here,” an officer overheard the group.
In Wisconsin, it’s legal for 18-year-olds to carry a handgun openly, without requiring a license.
Blake, 29, was shot in the back while leaning over his SUV, and three of his children were sitting inside. The Kenosha Police have not said much about what happened other than their response to a local dispute. They did not say if Blake was armed, nor did they reveal the sex of the three officers on site.
Ben Crump, the Blake family’s lawyer, said Blake’s return “will take a miracle”. And he demanded the arrest of the officer who opened fire and the other involved losing their jobs.
The shooting was recorded on a mobile phone and sparked fresh protests in the United States three months after George Floyd died under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer, prompting national accountability for racial injustice.
During the unrest in Kenosha since then, protesters have destroyed dozens of buildings, set fires and threw objects at the police, who responded with tear gas in three consecutive nights.