Kenosha, WI – The 17-year-old who killed two protesters during the riots in Kenosha bought his AR-15 with his coronavirus stimulus check.
“I got my $1,200 stimulus check from the coronavirus Illinois unemployment ‘cause I was on furlough from YMCA And I got my first unemployment check and so I was like ‘Oh, I’ll use this to buy it,’” Kyle Rittenhouse told The Washington Post in his first interview from jail.
The complaint said that Rittenhouse gave Black the money to buy the gun and he purchased the Smith & Wesson M&P15 at the Ladysmith Ace Home Center.
Black and Rittenhouse agreed the gun would be stored at Black’s stepfather’s house in Kenosha because Rittenhouse didn’t have an Illinois Firearm Owner Identification card, WTMJ reported.
Rittenhouse told The Washington Post that Black’s stepfather, Scott Dickhart, agreed to store the weapon until after he turned 18 and it could be legally transferred to him.
He said that the night before the shootings, he and his sister were watching the riots on television at Dickhart’s house with Black.
Before leaving the house, Rittenhouse said that Dickhart took his AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and several other guns out of his gun safe.
Dickhart left everything accessible in the basement, the 17 year old told The Washington Post.
Nothing happened that night, but the next day, Rittenhouse said he and Black were asked by their friend Nick Smith to help provide security for a car dealership worried that it would be touched and looted by rioters.
Rittenhouse and Black thought they were getting paid for providing security at Car Source, according to The Washington Post.
As they left Dickhart’s house, Rittenhouse grabbed his AR-15 and the new sling he had purchased for it.
Black told The Washington Post that at the time, he thought maybe he should say something to stop Rittenhouse but that he thought his friend would get angry with him.
“I feel I had to protect myself,” Rittenhouse explained. “I would have died that night if I didn’t.”
Later that night, Rittenhouse shot three people – killing two – as he was pursued and attacked by an angry mob through the streets of Kenosha.
The teen was arrested the next day at his home in Lake County, Illinois and held pending extradition.
Wisconsin authorities charged Rittenhouse with five felony charges including first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, and a misdemeanor charge for possession of a dangerous weapon by a minor, WEAR reported.
An Illinois judge approved extradition to Wisconsin for Rittenhouse on Oct. 30, WTMJ reported.
Attorneys for Rittenhouse have sought to delay or prevent the extradition process several times.
Rittenhouse’s lawyers had argued that the charges against their client were politically motivated, but the judge was nonplussed.
“This Illinois court shall not examine any potential political impact a Wisconsin District Attorney potentially considered in his charging decision,” Novak said in a six-page ruling.
Black was eventually charged with two counts of intentionally giving a dangerous weapon to a person under 18, causing death, WTMJ reported.
He said it wasn’t his job as a judge in Illinois to “reevaluate probable cause determined by a Wisconsin court,” according to the Associated Press.
A Wisconsin judge ordered the teen charged with killing two people during the Kenosha riots held on a $2 million bond on Nov. 2.
If convicted, the 19 year old is facing up to six years in prison on each felony count, WTMJ reported.