Rittenhouse was 17 when he traveled from his home in Antioch, Illinois, about 20 miles to Kenosha, Wisconsin on Aug. 25, 2020, in response to a call on social media to protect businesses there during the BLM riots where he shot three people who were participating in the protests. The now 18 year old argues he opened fire in self-defense after men attacked him during a riot following the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
They say his reason to shoot was reasonable as three people attacked him. Hours were spent outlining the events leading up to Rittenhouse’s decisions to shoot Joseph Rosenbaum, Anthony Huber and Gaige Grosskreutz on Aug. 25 of last year. Video evidence shows Rosenbaum chased Rittenhouse and reached for the teenager’s gun, Huber attacked Rittenhouse with a skateboard and tried to wrestle away his gun, and Grosskreutz ran at him with a pistol in his hand.
Rittenhouse is set to stand trial beginning Nov. 1 on multiple counts, including homicide. Gaige Grosskreutz, who was one of the three men shot by Rittenhouse during racial justice protests is now suing the city, the county and several law enforcement officers, claiming they condoned the efforts of white nationalists to violently dispel demonstrators protesting a police shooting.