Deadly shootings took place during Tuesday night’s (Aug. 26) protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, following the police shooting of Jacob Blake. According to Kenosha police, two people were fatally shot around 11:45 pm local time and another was shot in the arm, but is expected to survive.
Several Twitter users have shared video of the shootings and believe the white man wearing a green shirt and carrying a large rifle to be a 17-year-old named Kyle Rittenhouse. Facebook searches for Rittenhouse show that he is a “Blue Lives Matter” supporter and from Illinois. Police have only said that the gunman is part of an armed “vigilante” militia.
In the first video, shots ring out in a parking lot and a man is left lying on the ground with a head injury. The white man — allegedly Rittenhouse — can be seen running over to the victim with his rifle. He pulls out his phone and can be heard saying, “I just killed someone” as he flees the scene.
In a later clip, a large mob is seen chasing the armed man after the first shooting. The group begins throwing objects at him and he opens fire on the crowd. One person is seen lying on the ground after the second shooting.
The armed man then walks toward police with his arms in the air. However, the clip contains no footage of police disarming or detaining him. Instead, multiple police vehicles rush down the street to the gunshot victims.
A third video — which was said to be taken before the shootings — shows the man in the green shirt again, walking alongside the armed militia. Members of the reported militia are heard chatting with cops, who toss them water bottles and say they “appreciate” them.
The shooter’s identity has not yet been confirmed by authorities. A press release from the Kenosha Police Department notes that an investigation into the shooting is ongoing.
Warning: the below videos are extremely graphic.
BREAKING: RIOTER HAS BEEN SHOT IN THE HEAD pic.twitter.com/l1NYqUYpD3— Drew Hernandez (@livesmattershow) August 26, 2020
WATCH VIDEO!— kirk acevedo (@kirkacevedo) August 26, 2020
Kyle Rittenhouse 17 years old
from Antioch, IL shoots a man in the head with an AR-15 & kills him in Kenosha. He also shot 2 more people killing 2.
Evades street justice by running toward cops with an AR-15
AND the Police just let him go!
Cell phone video shows Kenosha Wisconsin police officers in an military vehicle telling armed White militia members they "appreciate them being there" and giving them bottled water; while in the background cops can be heard ordering protestors to disperse. pic.twitter.com/73SsfCUYWj— Rebecca Kavanagh (@DrRJKavanagh) August 26, 2020
Two people were shot + killed + another wounded in #Kenosha after a white militia member opened fire during ongoing protests. Shooter identified himself on video as Kyle; seen earlier being given water by riot police who thanked him for being there. Militia promoted on InfoWars. pic.twitter.com/jKW24k6gUU— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) August 26, 2020