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Ill. Teen Charged In Kenosha Shooting That Killed 2, Hurt 1

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Kyle Rittenhouse helps clean the exterior of Reuther Central High School in Kenosha, Wis., on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. Rittenhouse, 17, was arrested Wednesday, Aug. 26, after two people were shot to death during protests in Kenosha over the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

Updated at Thursday at 7:15 p.m.: Prosecutors have charged a 17-year-old from Illinois in the fatal shooting of two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and the wounding of a third. Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley filed the charges against Kyle Rittenhouse Thursday afternoon.

The charges include one count of first-degree intentional homicide; one count of first-degree reckless homicide; one count of attempted first-degree intentional homicide; two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment.

All those charges are felonies. He could face a mandatory life sentence if convicted of first-degree intentional homicide, the most serious crime in Wisconsin.

Updated at Thursday at 9:20 a.m.: Protests in Kenosha over the police shooting of Jacob Blake were mostly peaceful following the arrest of a 17-year-old police admirer accused of killing two people and wounding a third during a chaotic night of demonstrations and unrest. A

s of early Thursday, there were no groups patrolling the southeastern Wisconsin city with long guns, as there were during previous nights of protests over the Sunday police shooting of Blake, a Black man who was left paralyzed.

Protesters on Wednesday night also stayed away from a courthouse that had been the site of standoffs with law enforcement. Kyle Rittenhouse, of Antioch, Illinois, was taken into custody Wednesday on suspicion of first-degree intentional homicide in Tuesday night’s shootings.

Updated at Wednesday 8:47 p.m.: KENOSHA, Wis.  — A white, 17-year-old police admirer has been arrested after the killing of two people during a third night of protests in Kenosha over the police shooting of a Black man, Jacob Blake.

Kyle Rittenhouse, of Antioch, Illinois, was taken into custody Wednesday in Illinois on suspicion of first-degree intentional homicide. Antioch is about 15 miles from Kenosha.

Two people were killed Tuesday night in an attack carried out by a young white man who was caught on cellphone video opening fire in the middle of the street with a semi-automatic rifle.

The state Department of Justice says the officer who shot Blake is a seven-year veteran of the Kenosha Police Department. 

Kenosha law enforcement breaks up a gathering of protesters with tear gas just before 11 p.m. Tuesday. Chuck Quirmach / WUWM

Updated Wednesday at 12:33 p.m.: lllinois police have arrested a juvenile after two people were shot to death during another night of Black Lives Matter protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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