Kyle Rittenhouse, the teen facing homicide charges for the deaths of two people fatally shot in Kenosha, Wisconsin, acquired his gun using coronavirus stimulus money, he said in an interview published Thursday. "I would have died that night if I didn't".
Rittenhouse is charged with first-degree intentional homicide, attempted homicide, reckless homicide, recklessly endangering safety and illegal possession of a firearm.
The weapon was stored at Black's stepfather's house in Kenosha until Black and Rittenhouse each took rifles downtown on August 25, according to police records.
In the jailhouse interview, Rittenhouse reiterated that he acted in self-defense during the riots that kicked off following the police shooting of Jacob Blake two days earlier.
"It made me feel like I was making a positive impact on the community", he said. "Yeah", Black said. "Did he say why?" the officer asked. "No". His sister told the Post he supported peaceful protests, but called rioters "monsters".
Rittenhouse returned to downtown Kenosha later that night armed with an AR-15 rifle and carrying a medical kit. He told the Post he meant to protect a used auto business that had been damaged the night before and provide medical assistance to anyone who needed it.
Kyle Rittenhouse 17 of Antioch
"I wanted to be protected, which I ended up having to protect myself", Mr.
Black, of Kenosha, told investigators he bought Rittenhouse the Smith & Wesson M&P rifle because his pal was too young to do so himself.
"I got my $1,200 from the coronavirus IL unemployment, because I was on furlough from the YMCA", he said. He received his first unemployment check and told reporters at the publication through a cell phone he thought to himself, "oh I'll use this to buy it". Supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement have painted Rittenhouse as a trigger-happy white supremacist.
Dominick Black, 19, was is charged in Kenosha County Circuit Court with two counts of intentionally providing a unsafe weapon to a minor, resulting in death.
Keating ultimately set bail at $2 million U.S., saying Rittenhouse was a flight risk given the seriousness of the charges against him.
"No one should have been there", she told the Tribune.