The Illinois teenager accused of fatally shooting multiple people during a protest that turned violent in Kenosha, Wisconsin, earlier this year said during a jailhouse interview he fired his gun in self-defense.
Rittenhouse was seen on video with a rifle during a night of unrest in Kenosha on Aug. 25 following the police-involved shooting of Jacob Blake, who had resisted arrest, a few days earlier.
The 17-year-old from Antioch has been accused of fatally shooting two people and wounding a third person after he traveled to the protests in Kenosha to protect businesses from being looted, his mother, Wendy Rittenhouse, previously said.
In addition to two first-degree homicide charges, he is also charged with attempted homicide in the first-degree for injuring Gaige Grosskreutz with his rifle.
The 19-year-old owner of the firearm used by Rittenhouse has been identified as Dominick David Black. He was charged earlier this month with two felony counts of intentionally selling a gun to a minor. His bail was set at $2,500.
“The evidence is overwhelming,” he said on Oct. 13. “There’s not one iota of evidence that he did anything except defend himself.”
Friends and family of the deceased said they were working to protect others from Rittenhouse.
“Self-defense, that’s impossible,” Huber’s father, John Huber said during a video hearing earlier this month. “He had already killed a guy and tried to run. My son was a hero. He tried to stop him. He was a hero. Anyone who says otherwise is dead wrong.”
Rittenhouse’s next scheduled court appearance is set for Dec. 3.