Chicago, Illinois – A two million dollar bond is set on an Illinois young man accused of killing two people in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, faces charges for allegedly fatally shooting Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber during a protest against police brutality.
The accused was extradited to Wisconsin last Friday and appeared in court today.
According to the investigation, Rittenhouse cried, vomited, and told police where to find the weapon he used in the attack.
“I shot two white children,” Rittenhouse told police after entering an Illinois police station.
The 17-year-old, visibly shocked at having fatally shot two protesters in Wisconsin, told officers at his local police station in Illinois where to find the assault rifle that he said he had used just two hours earlier to shoot multiple people, according to police records.
Kyle Rittenhouse went through a variety of emotions, crying and vomiting multiple times, as he described to police what happened on August 25 after traveling to Kenosha, ostensibly to protect businesses from protesters following the police shooting of Jacob Blake. An African-American male, Antioch Police Department records show.
“I shot two white boys,” Rittenhouse said, adding that he had “ended a man’s life.”
Rittenhouse entered the Antioch Police Department with his mother shortly before 1:30 a.m. on Aug. 26, according to records released by the department on Friday.
He is charged with the murder of two protesters and wounding a third. Rittenhouse faces a misdemeanor charge of possession of firearms by minors in Wisconsin, in addition to intentional murder in the first degree, which carries a life sentence. He was extradited to Wisconsin on Friday.
Rittenhouse’s case has taken on a political tone, with some conservatives portraying him as a patriot exercising his right to bear arms during the riots. Others see him as a domestic terrorist who provoked the protesters by showing up with a rifle.
The defendant began to cry after learning of negative comments on social media about the shootings, records say. He said he was hit on the head and neck with a baseball bat and a skateboard. Doctors found small scratches on his arm, but no bruises or cuts.
Rittenhouse also told police that the firearm he used was in the trunk of his friend’s car, parked at Rittenhouse’s family apartment in Antioch.
Police interviewed Rittenhouse’s 18-year-old friend, who told them that he purchased the rifle from an Ace Hardware in Ladysmith, Wisconsin, with money Rittenhouse had given him. The friend said the rifle was only supposed to be used for hunting and that he kept it in a safe at his stepfather’s home in Kenosha.
The stepfather told police that his stepson told him that he had found a job guarding a business. Rittenhouse also told police that he had been hired as security for a Kenosha business and that he was carrying the rifle for protection. The business owner, Car Source, said it did not hire any security.
Rittenhouse’s lawyers have argued that he acted in self-defense. Rittenhouse told police he was being chased by a man who had asked to stop banging on windows.
The teen had tried to turn himself into a Kenosha police officer after the shooting but was told to go home, records show.
The Kenosha Police Department said it was dealing with a chaotic scene when asked why Rittenhouse was not arrested immediately after the shooting. The police department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the records that an officer told Rittenhouse to go home.
Rittenhouse and his friend do not face any charges in Illinois related to possession of the weapon. Prosecutors have said the rifle “was not immediately accessible” to Rittenhouse and his friend because it was stored in the trunk, police records say.
Rittenhouse’s friend was worried about having more trouble than Rittenhouse. According to police records, the friend claimed that Rittenhouse was defending himself, although he did not witness the shooting. The friend has not been criminally charged in either state.
He remembered saying to Rittenhouse, “Actually, you’re not supposed to have that gun.”