Two Kenosha County men were killed and another was wounded Tuesday night in a shooting during civil unrest over the shooting of Jacob Blake.
Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old self-described militia member from Illinois, has been charged with homicide. He faces a first-degree intentional homicide charge and five other charges. Under Wisconsin law, Rittenhouse is charged as an adult, and he would face life in prison if convicted.
Charges filed Thursday in Kenosha County Court in a complaint detail how Rittenhouse used an AR-15-style rifle to shoot and kill Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and injure Gaige Grosskreutz, 26, shortly before midnight along Sheridan Road, where protesters went after being expelled from Civic Center Park during clashes with law enforcement.
Here is what we know about the victims:
Anthony Huber, 26, of Silver Lake
Friends described Huber as a happy and laid-back guy who loved to skateboard.
“He was always a really sweet person. Always had a smile on his face,” said Max Seebeck, who grew up skateboarding with Huber in Kenosha.
Tim Kramer, 26, said he had known Huber since they were students at Lincoln Middle School in Kenosha.
“He was always really friendly. He got along with everybody. He was a class-clown-type of guy. He loved skateboarding. It’s been a big part of his life.”
Kramer said he had not seen Huber in recent years but remembered him as having a gentle nature.
One Facebook account said Huber was running at Kyle Rittenhouse, the teen accused in the killings, with his skateboard when he was shot.
“I heard he was trying to save somebody from being shot,” Seebeck said.
The criminal complaint against Rittenhouse says Huber approached Rittenhouse, who was on the ground. Huber had a skateboard in his right hand and reached for the teen’s gun with his other hand.
Rittenhouse fired one round, hitting Huber in the chest. Huber staggered a few steps and then collapsed to the ground.
Fellow skateboarders gathered at a Kenosha skate park in his honor Wednesday, but they declined to speak for this article.
Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, of Kenosha
According to social media posts from friends and family, Rosenbaum is a Texas native. He moved to Kenosha within the last year.
Rosenbaum was shot in the head, a friend said.
He leaves behind a fiancée and a young daughter.
“May you forever be with the angels and rest easy bro. I love you!” his sister wrote on Facebook.
The criminal complaint says Rosenbaum was unarmed. Rittenhouse and Rosenbaum ended up in a parking lot, with the reporter close behind them.
The reporter said Rittenhouse reached a car and had his gun in a “low ready position,” with the gun angled down, before raising it. Hearing a gunshot, the reporter dove to the pavement.
A video cited in the criminal complaint captured a loud bang, presumably the first gunshot, then a man shouting an expletive. Rosenbaum can be seen appearing to approach Rittenhouse. As Rosenbaum gets closer, four more loud bangs ring out and he falls to the ground.
The reporter told police Rosenbaum tried to grab Rittenhouse’s gun. Rittenhouse pulled the rifle away, then raised it, and as the two came together, Rittenhouse fired a second time.
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Gaige Grosskreutz, 26, of West Allis
Grosskreutz was shot in the arm and is expected to survive.
Grosskreutz was in Kenosha on Tuesday with the Milwaukee-based social justice group the People’s Revolution Movement, spokeswoman Bethany Crevensten said.
She said Grosskreutz was recuperating in a local hospital and was not available to speak.
She said the entire group of about 25 protesters was attacked Tuesday. She said their tires were slashed and Kenosha officials towed them, so owners were left stranded in the city.
Grosskreutz had volunteered as a medic at Black Lives Matter protests across Milwaukee this summer, according to WTMJ-TV.
The criminal complaint says Rittenhouse sat up and pointed his gun at Grosskreutz, who had started to approach him. Grosskreutz froze and took a step back, putting his hands in the air.
Then, Grosskreutz moved toward Rittenhouse, who aimed his rifle and fired one shot, hitting Grosskreutz in the arm.
Grosskreutz appeared “to be holding a handgun in his right hand when he was shot,” the complaint says.
Grosskreutz is a senior at Northland College in Ashland and has an anticipated graduation date of December 2020, according to the registrar’s office at the college.
Contributing: Ashley Luthern