While much media attention has focused recently on the Jacob Blake police shooting incident in Kenosha, WI, there were further shootings in the small city that have garnered much social media discussion and mainstream media attention.

This incident involved a 17-year-old Illinois resident, Kyle Rittenhouse, who states that he traveled the short distance from his home in Antioch, IL to Kenosha, WI in an effort to help protect businesses from the rampaging mobs of looters, arsonists, vandals, and assailants that had been plaguing the small city of approximately 100,000 in the days following the Blake incident.  He is also on video stating that he is there to assist in emergency medical treatment of injured persons.

During his interactions with violent rioters, the teen allegedly shot three men who appear to be actively pursuing him with ill intent, killing two and seriously wounding the third.

The three men allegedly shot by Rittenhouse have been identified as follows:

This person was captured on video earlier on the evening he was killed, screaming “shoot me, n***a” at armed civilians.

The second person shot, Anthony Huber, chased Rittenhouse after Rosenbaum had been killed.  It’s not clear what his reason for doing this is, though the shouts of the mob saying “Get him! Get his gun!” seems to suggest either ominous intent, vigilantism, or perhaps some misguided attempt at a citizen’s arrest. We do not know at this point, and will likely never know, what would prompt someone to chase an armed man who just shot someone in the head.

When Rittenhouse fell to the ground, Huber appears to attempt to bash the prone and armed  Rittenhouse in the head with his skateboard.

This person has reportedly stated that his only regret about the incident is that he did not kill Rittenhouse.

The circumstances of the incident are being scrutinized carefully given that Rittenhouse has been charged, at least initially, with a litany of homicide and other counts that seem likely to be downgraded given video evidence of the incident.

Real-time, on-the-ground reports suggested and are upheld by later NYTimes reporting, that Rittenhouse was attempting, repeatedly, to flee the mob but tripped and fell.  He reportedly fired his weapon when one alleged assailant “jumped on top of him.”

Surprisingly, the New York Times bucked their usual trend and engaged in an increasingly rare act of journalism; they provide a detailed timeline of the events based on their team’s review of numerous livestreams.

The NYTimes’ resultant timeline strongly suggests that Rittenhouse acted in self-defense (via Twitchy).

“Assault rifle,” heh.  But to the Triebert’s credit he issues a correction:

Back to the timeline:

Good journalism here, but yeah, it’s still the NYTimes:

Normal Americans shrug and think, “yeah, so? That’s Tuesday at my house,” but the NYTimes apparently thinks this is note-worthy enough to conclude its, to that point, solid foray back into actual journalism.

Kenosha police issued a statement that an investigation of the shootings is ongoing.

As always, we will keep you updated as more details become available.

 

 
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