Kyle Rittenhouse is the 17-year-old from Antioch, Illinois who killed two people and shot a third in self-defense in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rittenhouse is facing charges of first-degree intentional homicide, two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, first-degree reckless homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide, and possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18.
Prosecutors announced that after an extensive investigation by the Lake County State Attorney’s Office the gun Kyle used was purchased, stored, and used in Wisconsin and they haven’t found any evidence of the weapon ever being in Illinois. They stated that no crimes were committed in Lake County.
Michael Nerheim is the Lake County State Attorney and he said that at this time no further information surrounding the case will be released as not to disturb the ongoing investigation. Kyle Rittenhouse is currently being held at the Depke Juvenile Complex Center in Vernon Hills without bond and he is scheduled for an extradition hearing on October 30. His lawyers are worried about his safety if he were to be extradited to Wisconsin, so they are fighting that move.
Many people on the right are upset about his arrest, saying he only shot in self-defense after other protesters came after him. His defense team recently released a video detailing what happened that night. Those against Rittenhouse are calling him a domestic terrorist and say that because he had a rifle that’s why other protesters got agitated.
The defense team says that Rittenhouse fired shots after he was being followed and approached by the men he shot. It’s reported that he was arrested at his home the next day.
Rittenhouse was in Wisconsin on August 25 following the shooting of Jacob Blake. He said he was there to help defend businesses and people against the protests and rioters.
Lin Wood, prominent attorney from Atlanta who’s joined the defense team said, “Kyle is an innocent boy who justifiably exercised his fundamental right of self-defense. In doing so, he likely saved his own life and possibly the lives of others.”
Sources: Lake & McHenry County Scanner, ABC 7 Chicago, AP News