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West Allis man shot during Kenosha protests recovers in Milwaukee hospital

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Posted at 10:25 PM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-28 11:11:57-04

MILWAUKEE — One of the victims of the Kenosha protest shootings is recovering in a Milwaukee hospital. Two other men were killed, while Gaige Grosskreutz from West Allis was shot in the arm.

His friends say he volunteered as a medic for Black Lives Matter protests in Milwaukee this summer. Witnesses saw Grosskreutz volunteering the night he was shot.

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Gaige Grosskreutz gets medical treatment after he was shot in Kenosha on August 25, 2020. Police say Kyle Rittenhouse, 17 shot Grosskreutz and killed two other people. (photo courtesy: @louriealex)

Just before midnight Tuesday, gunshots rang to in Kenosha. National photojournalist Alex Lourie was there when it happened, working.

“People were like, ‘That’s the shooter, that’s the shooter.’ I see a guy in a green T-shirt with an AR style rifle booking it down the street,” said Lourie.

Video shows that man people said was the shooter fall. People started running towards him, then another two shots rang out.

One of those bullets hit Grosskreutz in the arm. Lourie said he saw Grosskreutz was carrying a gun. He also saw he was volunteering as a medic earlier that night.

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Gaige Grosskreutz gets medical treatment after shooting. (photo courtesy: @louriealex)

“I was taking pictures of an injured demonstrator and I noticed one of the people treating one of the injured demonstrators was this Gaige fellow,” said Lourie.

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Khalil Coleman (left) talked to the crowd with a bull horn while Frank Nitty (right) stands next to him before the People's Movement started marching.

Khalil Coleman who has been leading the Milwaukee protests for the People’s Movement says Grosskreutz has been volunteering as a medic for the Black Lives Matter marches around Milwaukee all summer.

“He’s always been caring person,” said Coleman. “Gaige has been consistent and stayed steadfast with the protests even to this day.”

Friends say Grosskreutz has had surgery and is recovering. They have set up a donation page for him.