17-Year-Old Suspect Charged With First Degree Murder After Shooting Rioters in Kenosha

A teenager is in police custody after a shooting incident overnight in Kenosha, Wisconsin left two rioters dead and another seriously wounded.

The suspect, 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, was arrested Thursday in Antioch, Wisconsin on a warrant from Kenosha, charged with being a fugitive from justice on suspicion of first-degree intentional homicide.

Rittenhouse is being held in the Lake County Juvenile Detention Center near Vernon Hills.

The shooting took place around 11:45 p.m. near a car dealership in Kenosha, Tuesday night, as antifa/BLM rioters rampaged through town  for the third night in a row following the police shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake.

The FBI is reportedly assisting in the case.

Sheriff David Beth said that armed people had been patrolling the city’s streets in recent nights, but did not know if the gunman was among them.

“They’re a militia,” Beth said. “They’re like a vigilante group.”

According to independent journalists reporting from the scene, Rittenhouse was part of an armed group that was there to protect local businesses. The group was allegedly pro-BLM but against the destruction of businesses. They apparently had no problem with attacks on federal buildings. One of the members of the vigilante group said on video, “no lives can matter until black lives matter.”

Independent journalist Elijah Schaffer spoke with Rittenhouse earlier in the evening.


The Daily Caller’s Richie McGinniss also spoke with Rittenhouse prior to the shooting.

“People are getting injured and our job is to protect this business and part of my job is also to help people. If somebody gets hurt, I’m running into harm’s way. That’s why I have my rifle. I have to protect myself obviously. I also have my med kit

One video appears to show an armed group of vigilantes interacting with Kenosha County Sheriff’s officers earlier in the night outside a gas station. In the video, officers can be heard telling the group, “we appreciate you guys,” and passing out water.

Just prior to the shooting, rioters were destroying cars with metal bats, hammers and boulders, Schaffer reported.

Cellphone videos posted on social media captured a young man armed with a rifle being pursued by a mob of rioters, including an individual armed with a handgun and a skateboard, and another with a molotov cocktail. After the boy falls to the ground and is hit with the skateboard, he opens fire from a sitting position on those closing in on him.


Journalists on the ground were able to capture graphic images of the wounded.


Lefties on social media are portraying Rittenhouse as “white supremacist” who was only there to kill innocent Black Lives Matter protesters.

While folks on the right see the youth as a hero for standing his ground against an armed and dangerous mob.


Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, who is Black, said in an interview with the news program “Democracy Now!” that the shootings were not surprising and that white militias have been ignored for too long.

“How many times across this country do you see armed gunmen, protesting, walking into state Capitols, and everybody just thinks it’s OK?” Barnes said. “People treat that like it’s some kind of normal activity that people are walking around with assault rifles.”

Townhall’s Julio Rosas said that when the gunman stumbled and fell, “two people jumped onto him and there was a struggle for control of his rifle. At that point during the struggle, he just began to fire multiple rounds and that dispersed people near him.”

“The rifle was being jerked around in all directions while it was being fired,” Rosas said.

As the crowd scatters, Rittenhouse stands up and continues walking down the street as police cars arrive.

The man puts up his hands and walks toward the squad cars, with someone in the crowd yelling at police that the man had just shot someone, but several of the cars drive past him toward the people who had been shot.

Here is a slow motion video of what occurred:

Rittenhouse has been assigned a public defender and will make his first court appearance on Friday.

Many people are reportedly leaving Kenosha amid growing concern that the violence, riots, and looting will be allowed to continue in their community.

The Kenosha County Board sent a letter to Gov. Tony Evers requesting additional National Guard members with police powers to be brought in.

President Trump announced Wednesday afternoon that Evers finally agreed to accept federal assistance.

“TODAY, I will be sending federal law enforcement and National Guard to Kenosha, WI  to restore LAW and ORDER!” the president tweeted.

“We will NOT stand for looting, arson, violence, and lawlessness on American streets,” he declared.

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About Debra Heine

Debra Heine is a conservative Catholic mom of six and longtime political pundit. She has written for several conservative news websites over the years, including Breitbart and PJ Media.

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