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Police Arrest 17 Year Old For Murder Over Shooting At Kenosha Riots

Antioch, IL – Illinois police arrested a 17-year-old boy on Wednesday morning in connection with two fatal shootings during the riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Tuesday night.

Lake County, Illinois Clerk of Courts records showed that Antioch police arrested Kyle Rittenhouse at his home after he was charged with first-degree murder and labeled a “fugitive from justice,” the Independent reported.

“(The suspect) fled the state of Wisconsin with the intent to avoid prosecution for that offence,” according to charging documents.

Rittenhouse is facing at least two counts of “first-degree intentional homicide” in connection with incidents that occurred during the riots over the shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake by the Kenosha police, the Independent reported.

Cell phone videos posted to social media showed what happened at about 11:45 p.m. on Aug. 26 that left two people dead and a third person seriously wounded.

The teen identified as Rittenhouse can be seen in his green shirt carrying a semi-automatic rifle in several of the videos filmed through the night.

Some reports have claimed that Rittenhouse was leaving the area when rioters chased him.

In one video, rioters were attacking him with a skateboard before he opened fire on them.

Several witnesses told Heavy that Rittenhouse was running down the street screaming that he wasn’t the shooter as people chased him.

They said he was struck by someone with a skateboard and fell to the ground with the gun firing.

Those witnesses told Heavy that the first shooter was a white man in a helmet and bullet-proof vest who got into an argument with Black Lives Matter protesters who had started fires in the area.

They said Rittenhouse wasn’t the same person.

The shootings occurred at about 11:45 p.m. on Aug. 25 after activists had been pushed out of Civic Center Park and many were wandering up and down Sheridan Road, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

People scattered at the sound of gunshots, and cell phone videos filmed in the crowd showed some people were carrying long guns.

One of the videos showed a male with a long gun running into a parking lot, and then taking off after he sees a man shot in the head on the ground.

Another video showed what appeared to be the same person running from a crowd of protesters, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

He fell to the ground and appeared to open fire on the people who were chasing him.

The male with the long gun appeared to shoot two people from his spot on the ground – one in the torso and one in the arm – before fleeing in the direction of the tactical police vehicles approaching, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth said authorities did not yet know if there was more than one person shooting in the crowd, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

A since-deleted picture of Rittenhouse posted to his mother’s Facebook page showed he was part of the Grayslake-Lindenhurst-Hainesville Public Safety Cadet Program in 2017, according to Heavy.

His own Facebook page had numerous pro-police postings as well as pictures of Rittenhouse posing with what appeared to be the same AR-15 rifle he was allegedly carrying during the riots in Kenosha on Tuesday night.

Friends said he had gone to Kenosha on Tuesday night to help local businesses defend themselves from rioters in response to a call for help on social media.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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