ANTIOCH, ill. — An Illinois teen has been arrested in connection to a shooting that left two people dead and another person injured during the Kenosha unrest Tuesday night.
Kenosha police said 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse of Antioch, Illinois was taken into custody Wednesday morning.
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During a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis said at this point in the investigation, he doesn’t know what led up to the shooting or whether both deaths were caused by the same person.
Shortly before midnight, cell phone video from Twitter user ‘LivesMatterShow’ captured the gunfire that erupted in a car lot near 63rd and Sheridan. Jhalin Goodlow said he witnessed the shooting while working security across the street.
“Once I heard gunshots, I booked it because I wasn’t armed,” he said. “I didn’t have no protection.”
While Goodlow was taking cover, he heard more shots on the street in front of him.
Cell phone video that was posted to social media by ‘BGOnTheScene’ shows a man who was armed with a rifle get up off the ground and shoot two people less than 10 feet away from him.
A teen from Antioch was taken into custody Wednesday morning. Court records show he’s facing a charge of first degree intentional homicide.
“This not the action of those I believe who set out to do protests, it is the people who were involved after the legal timing involved in illegal activity that brought violence to this community,” Chief Miskinis said.
Law enforced officials were questioned Wednesday about the events that occurred after the shooting. Cell phone video shows the gunman walked over to officers with his hands in the air. Police are seen in the video moving past him to tend to the victims.
“There’s screaming, there’s hollering, there’s a squad car running there’s bearcats idling and if the officer happened to be in the car, the radio traffic was nonstop,” explained Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth.
Sheriff Beth believes the suspect was with a group of armed people who claimed to have come to Kenosha to protect businesses and homes from looting and fires. Mayor John Antaramian said their presence isn’t wanted in Kenosha.
“I don’t need more guns on the street in the community when we are trying to keep people safe,” he said. “Law enforcement is trained. They’re the ones responsible.
Chief Miskinis said a 36-year-old person from Kenosha and a 26-year-old person from Silver Lake died in the shooting. Their names haven’t been released.