Kyle Howard Rittenhouse, 17, of Antioch, Illinois, United States shot three men during a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA on August 25, 2020. Among the three, only Gaige Paul Grosskreutz, 26, of West Allis, Wisconsin is still alive.
“I was shot point blank with a .223 round from the shooter and I am now missing 90 percent of my bicep,” Grosskreutz told CNN while his lawyer Kimberley Motley was sitting beside him. “This has not been easy emotionally, physically. I’m in constant pain like excruciating pain that just doesn’t go away both in my arm, in my heart.”
That night, Rittenhouse was one of the armed civilians who wanted to protect businesses from vandalism. He carried a Smith & Wesson AR-15 style .223 rifle, which he used to fatally shoot two protesters namely Joseph D. Rosenbaum and Anthony M. Huber.
On the other hand, Grosskreutz carried a medical bag and a handgun and volunteered as a medic earlier that night. Like Rosenbaum and Huber, he 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.
Rosenbaum, Huber and Grosskreutz were among the protesters who chased Rittenhouse. With his handgun in his right hand, Grosskreutz he approached Rittenhouse.
That was when Rittenhouse shot Grosskreutz in the right arm at close range. The former was charged as an adult with five felonies.
“This was classic self-defense and we are going to prove it,” Rittenhouse’s lawyer John M. Pierce of the law firm Pierce Bainbridge in a statement obtained by NBC News. “We will obtain justice for Kyle no matter how hard the fight or how long it takes.”
CJ Halliburton was streaming the entire incident live on social media. However, he had to stop to help Grosskreutz before the police were able to drive the latter to the hospital.
“I’ve never dealt with a gunshot before,” Halliburton told FOX6 News Milwaukee. “The gentleman who was shot was missing most of his arm.”
Flight for Life airlifted Grosskreutz to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, where he spent a week and had three surgeries. Before this, he was treated at two hospitals in Kenosha.