Kyle Rittenhouse predicted to spend the rest of his life in prison after shooting three people — two fatally — during demonstrations in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rittenhouse's friend Dominick Black, 19 is facing two felony counts of illegally providing Rittenhouse, 17, with the rifle — one count for each man who died.
Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, were the two protesters that were murdered that night and while Gaige Grosskreutz, 26, suffered a gunshot wound to his arm.
Black said that he had purchased the gun from a local hardware store in his name for Rittenhouse as he could not legally own a firearm.
Black Said: “I don’t know why ... the whole time I’m thinking, ‘He’s not 18,’” he told police. “In my head, like, I could have stopped it. But I know if I would have told him ‘no,’ he would have threw a fit.”
Black said he heard shots and then Rittenhouse called him to say he’d shot someone. Black’s statements about what his friend later told him about the shootings largely mirror Rittenhouse’s lawyers’ contention that the teen fired because people were attacking him and he feared for his life.
Black said he watched from the roof as Rittenhouse seemingly tried to turn himself in to police, but the officers did not arrest him. Black said Rittenhouse told him an officer had threatened to pepper-spray him during that exchange.
Black said that after the shootings, he and Rittenhouse met in a building and decided to leave Kenosha.
“It was like, ‘You know what, we’re gonna get in my car, we’re gonna drive out of here before anything bad else happens to you, and we’re just gonna go back home and you’re gonna go to the police station,’” Black said.
At one point, Black suggested he could eventually be held responsible for the shootings, even though Antaramian repeatedly stated he was not investigating the gun’s provenance and kept the tone of his questions amiable.
“Dude, I think I’m gonna be in more trouble than you because you defended yourself,” Black said he told Rittenhouse. “In all reality, you are not supposed to have that gun. That gun was in my name.”
Black said is not aware of any formal gun training Rittenhouse received and that his friend did not hunt.
Rittenhouse posted $2-million bond on Friday and was released from custody.
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