Kyle Rittenhouse’s homicide trial has resumed and Gaige Grosskreutz, the man who was shot in the arm by the teen, has taken the stage to testify about the deadly night he was injured.
On Monday (Nov. 8), Grosskreutz told jurors that he initially thought Rittenhouse was an active shooter. He said that after he heard gunshots, he ran toward the sounds and came upon Rittenhouse, who was running down the street with his AR-15 rifle. “What are you doing? You shot somebody? Who’s shot?” Grosskreutz asked. Rittenhouse responded, “I’m going to the police.” At the time, Grosskreutz believed he had said, “I’m working with the police.”
Grosskreutz, who is a trained paramedic, thought the shooter’s remark was strange, but he continued to follow Rittenhouse down the street. “Further inferencing from the things I had heard, experienced and witnessed earlier in the night, I thought the defendant was an active shooter,” he said.
Elsewhere in his testimony, the 27-year-old said he traveled to Kenosha, Wisconsin to render aid to those who were hurt during the riots. He said he treated about 10 people that night before he was shot. Grosskreutz also admitted that he did not tell police that he was armed at the time of the shooting and said that he lied about telling authorities that his weapon had fallen out of his pants that night.
As REVOLT previously reported, Rittenhouse is facing multiple charges, including two counts of first-degree homicide, attempted homicide, reckless endangerment, curfew violation and possessing a firearm as a minor. Last summer, he shot and killed Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum during protests in Kenosha after a white police officer shot Jacob Blake, a Black man, several times in the back.
If Rittenhouse is convicted of the most serious charges, he could face life in prison.