Two people were fatally shot after clashes between protesters, and armed men erupted in Kenosha during the ongoing Jacob Blake protests. Police responded to reports of multiple shootings at around 11:45 p.m., where two people were confirmed dead while another was taken to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
Police detained Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, in connection with the death of two protesters. The 17-year-old is held in Illinois in a juvenile facility and will face "first-degree intentional homicide" charges. However, the official charge sheet is yet to be released and more charges are likely. The court has appointed a public defender for his first court appearance on Friday.
Witnesses said Kyle was fleeing from a crowd after the first shooting when a mob attacked him. The suspect tripped and fell during the chaos, turned, and intentionally discharged his firearm several times. Two victims were struck during the incident.
Reports said a bullet struck the first victim in the head killing him instantly, while the second casualty was struck in the chest. Additional shots could be heard around the area, thus confirming the presence of more than one shooter.
Earlier, Kenosha Sheriff David Beth took the moment to criticize gun rights supporters.
“I’ve had people saying, ‘Why don’t you deputize citizens?’” he said. “This is why you don’t deputize citizens with guns to protect Kenosha.”
Wisconsin governor had declared a state of emergency after protests turned violent, and rioters torched several cars and buildings. Gov. Tony Evers also activated the national guard to quell the violence that had spilled out of control.
Meanwhile, Blake remains in critical condition, and speculations say he will be wheelchair-bound for the rest of his life. The officers involved in Blake’s shooting were put in mandatory administrative leave while the department prepares a report expected within 30 days.
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