KENOSHA, Wisconsin (AP) – Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial is expected to continue on Tuesday.
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A protester and volunteer medic wounded on the streets of Kenosha by Kyle Rittenhouse revealed on Monday that he was aiming his own pistol at Rittenhouse with a rifle – unintentionally, he said, – when the young man shot him.
Gyge Grosskreutz, the third and final man shot by Rittenhouse on the night of violent racial justice protests in the summer of 2020, took a position at the Rittenhouse murder trial and recounted how he pulled out his own pistol after the bloodshed began.
“I thought the defendant was an active shooter,” said 27-year-old Grosskreutz. When asked what he was thinking as he approached 17-year-old Rittenhouse, he replied: “That I was going to die.”
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Rittenhouse shot Grosskreutz in the arm, ripping off most of his bicep – or “vaporizing” it, as the witness put it.
Rittenhouse, now 18, is facing trial on charges of killing two men and wounding Grosskreutz. A former junior police cadet from Antioch, Illinois, traveled to Kenosha with an AR-style semi-automatic rifle and first aid kit in what he said was an attempt to protect the property from violent demonstrations that erupted from the shooting of Jacob Blake, a black man. made by white policeman Kenosha.
The prosecutor’s office portrays Rittenhouse as the instigator of the bloodshed. His lawyers argued that he was acting in self-defense. He could have received a life sentence if found guilty on the most serious charges.
During interrogation by the prosecution, Grosskreutz said that he raised his hands as he approached Rittenhouse and did not intend to shoot the young man. Prosecutor Thomas Binger asked Grosskreutz why he had not fired first.
“I am not that kind of person. That’s not why I was there, ”he said. “I’m not like that. And definitely not who I would like to be. “
But during cross-examination, Rittenhouse’s attorney Corey Chirafisi asked, “It wasn’t until you pointed the gun at him that you stepped on him … he fired, right?”
“Right,” replied Grosskreutz. The defense also presented a photograph of Grosskreutz pointing a pistol at Rittenhouse, who was lying on the ground with a rifle pointed at Grosskreutz.
During the interrogation of the prosecutor, Grosskreutz stated that he did not intend to point his weapon at Rittenhouse.
The Wisconsin Self-Defense Act allows someone to use lethal force only if “it is necessary to prevent imminent death or serious injury.” The jury must decide whether Rittenhouse believed he was in such danger, and whether that opinion was reasonable in the circumstances.
Grosskreutz said he went to the Kenosha protest to serve as a medic, wearing a “paramedic” hat and medicine in addition to a loaded pistol. He said that his permit to carry a concealed weapon had expired and he had no one active that night.
“I believe in the Second Amendment. I am for the right of people to carry and bear arms, ”he said, explaining why he was armed. “And this night was no different from any other day. These are keys, a phone, a wallet, a gun. “
He said he entered the fray after seeing Rittenhouse kill a man a few feet away – the second man Rittenhouse fatally shot that night.
While Grosskreutz said he never verbally threatened Rittenhouse, Chirafisi’s lawyer said people should not use words to threaten others. They can do it by their actions, “like running after them down the street with loaded firearms,” Chirafisi said.
In cross-examination, Chirafisi attempted to portray Grosskreutz as being dishonest in his description of the moments immediately before the shot, with Chirafisi claiming that Grosskreutz was pursuing Rittenhouse with a pistol. Grosskreutz denied chasing Rittenhouse.
Chirafisi also said that Grosskreutz lied when he first told several police officers that he had dropped his weapon.
In addition, Chirafisi pointed to Grosskreutz’s lawsuit against the city of Kenosha, in which he claims that the police committed violence by allowing armed militias to flee the streets during a demonstration.
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“If Mr. Rittenhouse is found guilty, you have a better chance of getting $ 10 million, right?” – said Chirafisi.
Chirafisi also asked Grosskreutz if he had told his former roommate that his only regret was that he “didn’t kill the child and didn’t dare to pull out a pistol before letting the whole store go into him.” Grosskreutz denied this.
At the defense table, Rittenhouse took detailed notes when the witness recounted the moment when he was shot.
Grosskreutz, who was trained as a paramedic, testified that he volunteered as a medic at protests in Milwaukee in the days after George Floyd died under the knee of a Minneapolis policeman in May 2020. was shot while offering help to anyone who needed medical attention.
He said that he provided medical care to about 10 other people in Kenosha that night.
While Rittenhouse is white, like those he shot, the case sparked racially heated debates over vigilance, gun rights, and unrest that erupted in the U.S. that summer over police violence against blacks.
Last week, witnesses at trial testified that the first person to be shot, 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum, was “hyperaggressive” and “behaved aggressively” that night and once threatened to kill Rittenhouse.
One eyewitness said Rosenbaum was shot after chasing Rittenhouse and chasing a young man’s rifle.
Rosenbaum’s assassination led to bloodshed, which followed moments later: Rittenhouse killed Anthony Huber, a 26-year-old protester seen in the witness video when he hit Rittenhouse with a skateboard. Rittenhouse then wounded Grosskreutz.
Grosskreutz has a tattoo on his arm where he was shot. This is a common medical image of a snake coiling around a staff, and at the top it has a banner that says “Do No Harm” and at the bottom it has a banner that says “Know the harm.”
When the prosecutor played a graphic video of Grosskreutz’s badly wounded arm, several of the jury seemed to grimace and turn away.
Grosskreutz has shown that he has difficulty lifting heavy objects with his right hand and that he has loss of sensation from the biceps to the thumb.