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.
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.