Accused Kenosha shooter Rittenhouse says he used stimulus money to buy gun

Elias Hubbard
November 21, 2020

When asked by the Post how he had thought the evening would unfold, Rittenhouse similarly said he expected that he would just be "watching over the business and providing first aid for minor injuries to people". Supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement have painted Rittenhouse as a trigger-happy white supremacist. "I would've died that night if I didn't".

Black, of Kenosha, told investigators he bought Rittenhouse the Smith & Wesson M&P rifle because his pal was too young to do so himself. His friend, Dominick Black, faces two felony charges for allegedly supplying it. "I got my $1200 from the coronavirus IL unemployment, because I was on furlough. and I got my first unemployment check, so I was like, 'Oh, I'll use this to buy it, '" Rittenhouse says of the AR-15.

One of Rittenhouse's sisters told the Post that her brother backed peaceful demonstrations but was against the violence and labeled rioters in Kenosha as "monsters".

Rittenhouse's interview was published Thursday as part of a Post investigation into the events that led the 17-year-old into a deadly confrontation with Joseph Rosenbaum, a Kenosha man with a long history of mental illness and criminal convictions. "I feel I had to protect myself", he told the Post.

Rittenhouse told the newspaper that he didn't regret that he had a gun with him that night.

Keating ultimately set bail at $2 million United States, saying Rittenhouse was a flight risk given the seriousness of the charges against him.

"No, I don't regret it", he said about having the gun with him on the night of the shootings. "My son shouldn't have been there either". "I'm not. They have a hard enough job as it is".

Although there were many other armed civilians doing the same, some as part of organized efforts, Rittenhouse said he was not part of any group.

Rittenhouse is facing charges of first-degree intentional homicide, two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, first-degree reckless homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide and possession of a unsafe weapon by a person under 18.

Black is now charged with two felony counts of intentionally giving a unsafe weapon to a minor resulting in death after Rittenhouse allegedly gunned down Anthony Huber and Joseph Rittenhouse during riots in Kenosha on August 25.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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