Rittenhouse was charged with first-degree intentional homicide, one count of reckless homicide, a count for attempted intentional homicide as well as two counts of recklessly endangering safety. He’s also being charged with possession of a dangerous weapon while under the age of 18, a misdemeanor.
He’s expected in court on Friday.
The victims were identified as a 26-year-old an from Silver Lake, Wisconsin and a 36-year-old man from Kenosha.
Multiple outlets have reported on Rittenhouse’s social media, including his appearance front row at a Des Moines, IA rally for Donald Trump. Social media accounts believed to belong to Rittenhouse show him with an affinity for guns, a “Blue Lives Matter” supporter and a fan of Trump.
Rittenhouse was arrested at his home in Antioch, Illinois early Wednesday morning and is expected to be extradited to Wisconsin for a court hearing later this week.
Protesters clashed with police outside the Kenosha County Courthouse on Tuesday (August 25) after a police officer shot Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man, multiple times in the back while his children watched on Sunday (August 24).
Witnesses described Rittenhouse as a member of a “vigilante” group of individuals who had a long gun and brazenly walked down a street in Kenosha and opened fire, striking multiple people and killing two. The teen could be seen walking right past a large number of cops who let him go into the night during the protest.
Rittenhouse had allegedly shot someone several blocks away and was picked up on video running as protesters attempted to subdue him. He fell to the ground before getting back up and firing more rounds.