Gaige Paul Grosskreutz of West Allis, Wisconsin, United States was one of the victims of Kyle Rittenhouse. They were in the same Black Lives Matter demonstration in Kenosha, Wisconsin in the evening of August 25, 2020.
That night, Rittenhouse was one of the armed civilians who wanted to protect businesses from vandalism. Grosskreutz was one of the protesters demanding justice for Jacob Blake, who was shot by Kenosha Police Department officer Rusten Sheskey in the back at least eight times on August 23, 2020.
With a cap labeled “paramedic,” a medical bag and a handgun, Grosskreutz was volunteering as a medic earlier that night. He is part of the People’s Revolution Movement, a social justice group based in Milwaukee, and attended the demonstration with the group.
Grosskreutz held his handgun in his right hand as he approached Rittenhouse. The latter opened fire again and hit the former in his right arm.
While wounded, Grosskreutz told those helping him to apply a tourniquet to stop the bleeding. He was rushed to a hospital in Milwaukee where he underwent reconstructive surgery.
Wenzel Media LLC owner Patti Breitigam-Wenzel organized a GoFundMe fundraiser for Grosskreutz. She has known him since 2011 and considers him as a son and told the Chicago Sun Times that he has “always been someone who’d help out his friends and give them the shirt off his back if he has one.”
Kimberley Motley represents Grosskreutz. Here are 13 more things about him:
- Born in 1994, he is the son of Janice A. Grosskreutz.
- Aside from West Allis, he has lived in different parts of Wisconsin including Hales Corners, La Crosse, Ashland and Milwaukee.
- He has an older brother named Joshua Ian A. Grosskreutz and a sister named Rebecca A. Volkmann.
- From 2009 to 2012, he attended West Allis Central High School. During his freshman year of high school, he went to his first protest in support of LGBTQ rights. His American Politics teacher excused him from class to go, USA Today has learned.
- From 2013 to 2016, he attended Milwaukee Area Technical College at the Oak Creek, Wisconsin campus where he earned his emergency medical technician basic (EMT-B) certification.
- In 2016, he was convicted of a criminal misdemeanor for going armed with a firearm while intoxicated.
- He was part of a group of activists who have demonstrated around Milwaukee in the wake of George Floyd’s death, Milwaukee activist Bethany Crevensten told The Oklahoman.
- From June-July 2020, he volunteered as a medic for the Black Lives Matter protests around Milwaukee.
- A senior at Northland College in Ashland, he is currently studying outdoor education with an emphasis in program administration. He was expected to graduated in December 2020 but his education was put on hold after he was shot by Rittenhouse in Kenosha.
- He was treated at two hospitals in Kenosha. Afterwards, Flight for Life airlifted him to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee.
- He is part of a team that uses camping, kayaking, skiing, swimming and other activities to help people overcome trauma or substance abuse. It is his goal to pursue a career in wilderness therapy. A keen kayaker, he often takes people out on boating trips.
- He previously worked as a special events coordinator, wilderness medical instructor and sea kayak guide at Lost Creek Adventures, a full-service paddling outfitter in Cornucopia, Wisconsin that also offers courses in outdoor skills, wilderness survival and traditional crafts within the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Bayfield, Wisconsin.
- He has a forfeiture case for not showing obedience to officers and one for loud noises.