Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, charged with murder after 'shooting dead two Jacob Blake protesters' in Kenosha

A TEENAGE vigilante has been arrested and charged after two people were shot dead during the Kenosha night riots.

On Wednesday, Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, of Antioch, Illinois, was arrested and charged with first degree intentional homicide. 





Rittenhouse was booked after a gunman was filmed firing his AR-15-style rifle at protesters and brazenly walking past cops.

Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth said one victim was shot in the head and another person was shot in the chest at about 11.45pm on Tuesday.

A third man was shot and wounded in the arm but this wasn't life threatening.

Today, law enforcement said they reviewed footage from the chaotic scenes but the probe was ongoing.

Rittenhouse was allegedly allowed to walk past a swarm of police with his hands up and holding his semi-automatic rifle.

Protesters were heard screaming early this morning in Kenosha, Wisconsin as the shots were fired.

Shocking footage shows a man being chased by demonstrators after he had already allegedly shot someone in the stomach a few blocks away, TMZ reported.

The man in the video can be seen falling as he's chased before firing his gun, fatally hitting two people.






As police arrive, the gun-slinging man they suspect to be Rittenhouse puts his hands up in the air and the cops pass him.

"I've just killed somebody," the gunman said on a video posted online.

The lead up to the fatal shooting isn't clear but police think it may have resulted from a gas station cojnflict.

Cops said "self-styled militias" were defending local businesses from looters but the sheriff didn't confirm that the gunman was one of the armed citizens patrolling the streets.

Koerri Elijah told Insider that the teenager, later identified as Rittenhouse by cops, appeared to be "on edge" before he ran past him and shots rang out.

I've just killed somebody.

"I noticed him the entire time. He didn't seem like he was there with anyone," Elijah said. "He was armed. He didn't seem like he was a threat, but I thought maybe I should keep an eye on him."

Hours before he was identified as a suspect, social media sleuths named the teen boy and posted his picture online. 

Last night, the first shots were fired just after midnight, as a group of protesters faced off police in riot trucks on Sheridan Road.

People were then seen chasing the man before another round of rapid-fire shots were heard.

People on the streets were seen dragging the injured to the side of the road before performing CPR.



After being shot in the head, a protester was loaded into the back of an SUV and rushed to a nearby hospital.

Shocking pictures emerged of people tending to a wounded person during the vicious clashes.

Other residents attempting to protect local businesses as fires raged throughout the city.

Devin Scott, 19, told the Chicago Tribune he was in a group chanting "Black Lives Matter" when the gunfire began and that he tried unsuccessfully to revive one of the victims.


He told the Tribune: "This guy with this huge gun runs by us in the middle of the street and people are yelling, 'He shot someone! He shot someone!'

"And everyone is trying to fight the guy, chasing him, and then he started shooting again."

Scott said he hit the ground during the next burst of gunfire, then tried to aid a person who was lying prone in the street.

He added: "I was cradling him in my arms. I was trying to keep this kid alive and he wasn't moving or nothing. He was just laying there".

Carol Badoni, from Burlington, Wisonsin, spoke to the girlfriend of one of the victims, she said his name was Ben Wis.

Carol, 50, said: “He definitely was not breathing,”

“His eyes were rolled back in his head. There was no pulse.”

But she added that she saw no blood,before cops arrived and took Ben to hospital.


In another clip, a man was seen removing his top to help another victim of the shooting.

Meanwhile, other protests erupted across the country in response to the shooting.

Police in Portland, Oregon, also declared a gathering of hundreds of anti-racism protesters outside City Hall as a riot, ordering the crowd to disperse or face arrest.

People at the Kenosha protest were heard shouting: "There's people getting shot everywhere".



Kenosha has been riddled with violence, looting, criminal damage and fires in response to the death of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old black man who was shot by police.

Blake was shot several times in the back by police as he stepped into his car.

His horrified children were in the car at the time and would have seen the attack.

On Tuesday, Blake's family confirmed that he is still alive but in a critical condition and is paralyzed.



Jacob Blake Sr. said: "They shot my son seven times. Seven times. Like he didn't matter. But my son matters. He's a human being and he matters."

While his family have pleaded for peaceful protests, they have hit out at police, saying they systematically brutalize black people

Police attempted to boarder off Kenosha after Monday night's protests led to buildings being set on fire and stores looted.

Seven exit ramps were closed from Interstate-94 from the Illinois border to Racine, Wis. which is about 20 minutes north of Kenosha.

In downtown Kenosha, a huge crowd of protesters gathered around the barrier at Kenosha County Courthouse.

They shot my son seven times. Seven times. Like he didn't matter. But my son matters. He's a human being and he matters.

One protester, Nathan, 28, who didn't want to give his full name said: "A lot of fear in the air because of threats to protesters.

“I worry a lot about the misinformation,” he said after explaining he didn't think national movement to bring greater police accountability will lead to real change.

Although, he said locally, his city will never be the same.

“It’s hard to see now, but it will be a positive thing,” he said of the protests.


“It’ll bring Kenosha back together. Kenosha has always been a resilient place. It’ll continue to happen.”

Thousands joined the protest on Tuesday, with some carrying handguns, AR-15 rifles, knives and dressed in military flak jackets.

Dennis, 22, from Racine, was carrying a pistol he claimed was for protection for himself and other protesters.

“Nothing is going to change,” he said, hanging back from the crowd. “This is all for nothing.”



A group of the protesters began violently shaking the barriers and launched fireworks at the police officers.

Cops were seen firing tear gas pellets and rubber bullets into the crowd.

One officer was heard shouting: "Y'all better have gas masks on! Get ready!"

Before another cop was seen opening the hatch of the vehicle and throwing the canister in their direction.


Another man was heard shouting: "F**king p**sies!"

By 10pm 70 policwe officers dressed in riot gear formed a chain across the park nearby the court house.

There were 34 fires associated with the unrest, with 30 businesses destroyed or damaged along with an unknown number of residences, Kenosha Fire Chief Charles Leipzig told the Kenosha News.

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump urged Wisconsin officials to call in the National Guard to quell the unrest, despite troops already being on the ground. 

'Governor should call in the National Guard in Wisconsin. It is ready, willing, and more than able. End problem FAST!' Trump tweeted. 

On Monday, residents with firearms were seen standing outside local businesses in a bid to stop the looting and arson.

One of the armed men in the footage taken Monday night says: "They're destroying their own neighborhood. It's not the civilians.

"Go f*** up the government that just killed your man. Don't f*** up your neighbors."









 

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