THE Kenosha teen gunman has been charged with first-degree homicide – the most serious crime in Wisconsin – after the triple shooting that left two dead.
Prosecutors charged 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse on Thursday afternoon after he fatally shot two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Included in the charges – which are all considered felonies – are one count of first-degree intentional homicide, one count of first-degree reckless homicide, one count of attempted first-degree intentional homicide, and two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment.
If convicted of first-degree intentional homicide, Rittenhouse could face a mandatory life sentence.
Rittenhouse allegedly opened fire Tuesday night onto a crowd of protesters demonstrating against Jacob Blake’s death.
Blake, an unarmed black man, was shot seven times in the back by a white cop as he entered his car in Kenosha on Sunday.
Rittenhouse allegedly killed Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum and injured another man in the arm after spraying bullets at demonstrators on Tuesday, authorities said.
Family and friends said Rosenbaum, 36, passed away from his injuries on Tuesday night after he was gunned down protesting the police shooting of Blake.
Rosenbaum – who is survived by his fiancée and a young daughter – is from Texas and moved to Kenosha within the last year, according to reports on social media.
A friend said he was shot in the head, reported the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Huber was the first shooting victim to be identified after Rittenhouse allegedly opened fire onto a crowd of protesters.
On Wednesday, the 17-year-old from Antioch, Illinois, was arrested and charged with first degree intentional homicide.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel noted that based on Wisconsin law, he is being charged as an adult.
The complaint stated that the teen says the teenager “fled the state of Wisconsin with the intent to avoid prosecution for that offense.”
Rittenhouse was interviewed before two activists were killed during the alleged shooting spree and said he was “protecting people.”
He’s being held in the Lake County Juvenile Detention Center near Vernon Hills, reported CBS.
Rittenhouse was booked after he was filmed allegedly firing his AR-15-style rifle at protesters and brazenly walking past cops afterwards.
He was apparently allowed to walk past a swarm of police with his hands up and holding his semi-automatic rifle.
The lead up to the fatal shooting isn’t clear but police think it may have resulted from a gas station conflict.
Cops said “self-styled militias” were defending local businesses from looters but the sheriff didn’t confirm that the gunman was one of the armed citizens patrolling the streets.
The first shots were fired just after midnight, as a group of protesters faced off police in riot trucks on Sheridan Road.
After being shot in the head, a protester was loaded into the back of an SUV and rushed to a nearby hospital.
Shocking pictures emerged of people tending to a wounded person during the vicious clashes.