Kyle Rittenhouse fired his gun while he was fleeing from his pursuers, one of whom fired a gun right behind him. That man is now in custody and will face misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct.
Joshua Ziminski, 35, confessed to firing a “warning shot” right behind Rittenhouse. The Racine resident also says the firearm used in the incident was later stolen. Ziminski was among the group that confronted the 17-year old right before Rosenbaum and others start chasing him.
Rosenbaum then tried to grab the teenager’s rifle when he fired, fatally wounding him. Videos of the Ziminski showed him pointing his gun up on 63rd St. and Sheridan Road next to where Rosenbaum’s pursuit of Rittenhouse started.
The sound of Ziminski’s gunshot caused panic and everybody was seen fleeing the scene. However, the suspect and his wife walked calmly. Various scenes put the couple in the proximity of Rittenhouse during the protests.
An earlier charge of felony recklessly endangering safety charge was dropped. The suspect also has multiple violations of harassment orders, making him a potentially prohibited person who had a gun. However, these possible charges were mysteriously overlooked. The suspect was later released on a $1000 bail. Additionally, police had video evidence but it took a Michigan blogger to expose Ziminski.
Given the surrounding circumstances, the involvement of Ziminski might cement Rittenhouse’s self-defense claims. The Antioch teen’s lawyer insists he was scared for his life and acted in self-defense.
The 17-year-old remains in jail awaiting extradition to Wisconsin to face felony charges. His lawyers are concerned about his safety and are therefore fighting the repatriation orders.
Meanwhile, Rittenhouse will not face gun charges in Illinois after an investigation found that he didn’t buy, possess, or store the AR-15 style firearm in The Prairie State.