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Juvenile arrested for WI riot murders; Trump sending in Nat’l Guard and federal agents

Police stand near fires burning in Kenosha, Wisconsin. (Brandon Bell/Getty Images/TNS)
August 26, 2020

Police in Illinois have arrested a juvenile in connection with a shooting incident in Kenosha, Wisconsin Tuesday night. At around the same time Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced the deployment of National Guard troops to assist in efforts to stop rioting and unrest.

Antioch Police Department Commander Norman Johnson said the suspect was arrested on suspicion of first-degree intentional homicide, Chicago Sun-Times reported. The suspect was identified as 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse of Antioch.

Around the same time as the arrest, President Donald Trump announced he would be sending in federal assistance and National Guard troops.

“We will NOT stand for looting, arson, violence, and lawlessness on American streets. My team just got off the phone with Governor Evers who agreed to accept federal assistance (Portland should do the same!) TODAY, I will be sending federal law enforcement and the National Guard to Kenosha, WI to restore LAW and ORDER!”

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The arrest comes on the day after two people were killed and another person was injured in shooting incidents during ongoing civil unrest in Kenosha.

Antioch, Illinois is about 15 miles from Kenosha, where rioting has continued since Sunday night, following a police shooting incident with a black man, Jacob Blake.

Video of the Tuesday shooting incident shows a man, with what appears to be an AR-15 style rifle, running away from a crowd before falling to the ground. As people in the crowd run up to him while he’s on the ground, he fires at least two shots, hitting two people. One man can be seen lying on the ground not moving, after the shooting incident. The crowd was reportedly chasing the gunman after they suspected he shot another person moments earlier.

In the video, the gunman then appears to try to flag down police who do not see him.

Townhall reporter Julio Rosas shared a video with another angle of the Tuesday shooting incident. “Multiple gunshots are fired after people chased a guy with a rifle. Rifle dude tripped and fell. He fired his gun at a guy who jumped on top of him.”

In the second video, what may be additional gunshots can be heard after the initial two that appeared to hit people in the crowd who surrounded the gunman. It is not entirely clear who fired those additional shots.

Video of an earlier shooting incident appears to show the same gunman fleeing from another person chasing him near a parking lot. The person giving chase appears to throw something at the gunman running away who is carrying a rifle. A second person giving chase also appears to be holding his arm out, pointing something at the gunman. As the gunman and the first man chasing him run behind a car, a shot is heard and then the gunman turns and fires several shots. The man giving chase falls to the ground and several more shots ring out. The gunman can then be seen pulling out his phone and he appears to make a call before running away.

“First death of #Kenoshaprotest shooting, two angles. #Kenosha #KenoshaUprising,” a Twitter user posted with video of the incident.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Rittenhouse had praised militia groups on social media for their efforts to defend property during the ongoing riots, where multiple buildings and vehicles have been set on fire. He was reportedly seen standing with older militia members guarding a car dealership in Kenosha.

Gov. Tony Evers previously activated 250 members of the Wisconsin National Guard to assist local authorities amid the civil unrest. Following the shooting incidents that left two death dead and a third person injured, Evers doubled the guard presence to 500.