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Grosskreutz Admits He Pointed His Firearm at Rittenhouse Before He was Shot

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Gaige Grosskreutz and Kyle Rittenhouse at the Rittenhouse trial. | Image from NewsWeek

Gaige Grosskreutz, one of the individuals Kyle Rittenhouse shot on August 25, 2020, admitted to pointing his firearm at Rittenhouse before being wounded by him.    

Rittenhouse shot a total of 3 people that night during the Kenosha riots. The police shooting of Jacob Blake sparked the outcry that eventually moved into the streets. Texts revealed that Rittenhouse accompanied a friend Dominick Black to help clean up the area and protect businesses from rioters.    

During the trial, Rittenhouse maintained that he open-carried his rifle on the streets to maintain order. One individual, Joseph Rosenbaum, allegedly threatened Rittenhouse, pursued him, and had him cornered. Allegedly, Rosenbaum tried to grasp Rittenhouse’s rifle before he was fatally shot four times.    

The lead prosecutor attempted to depict Rittenhouse as the aggressor; however, after questioning, the evidence appeared to show the opposite.     

Another rioter, Anthony Huber, allegedly attacked Rittenhouse by striking him with his skateboard on the head and neck. Rittenhouse responded by fatally shooting Huber.      

On November 8, 2021, the jury heard the testimony from Gaige Grosskreutz, who Rittenhouse shot and was the only person who survived Rittenhouse’s gunfire.    

Grosskreutz allegedly brandished a handgun and pointed it directly at Rittenhouse.   

During the testimony, it was revealed that Rittenhouse was still down on the ground as Grosskreutz approached him holding a Glock pistol. According to testimony, Rittenhouse then pointed his rifle. Initially, Grosskreutz backed up and raised his hands, which allegedly caused Rittenhouse to lower his rifle for several seconds.     

However, Grosskreutz allegedly approached Rittenhouse again and pointed the pistol at Rittenhouse. At that point, Rittenhouse fired back and wounded Grosskreutz in the arm.    

Rittenhouse faces numerous charges: first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide, two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, and failure to comply with an emergency order from state or local government. 

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