ANTĐ, Illinois (AP) – A 17-year-old man furious for being accused of shooting and killing two Wisconsin protesters told officers at his local police station in Illinois where to find a rifle which he said he had used just two hours earlier to shoot many people, according to police records.
Kyle Rittenhouse went through a variety of emotions, crying and vomiting many times, as he described to police what happened late August 25 after he had traveled to Kenosha, ostensibly to protect businesses from protesters following the shooting of Jacob Blake by police29-year-old Black man, Antioch Police Department records show.
“I shot two white children,”; said Rittenhouse, adding that he “ended up being a man.”
Rittenhouse and her mother arrived at the Antioch Police Station just before 1:30 a.m. on August 26, according to records the department released to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. and the Chicago Tribune on Friday.
He was charged with killing two protesters and injuring a third. Rittenhouse faces a minor charge of underage possession of a gun in Wisconsin, in addition to the first-degree attempted murder, a life sentence. He was extradited to Wisconsin on Friday.
Rittenhouse’s case gave a political side, with some conservatives portraying him as a patriot who exercised his right to carry weapons in times of uncertainty. Others saw him as a domestic terrorist who incited protesters with rifles.
He began to cry after learning of his family members about negative social media comments about the shootings, the profile said. He said he was hit in the head and neck with a baseball bat and skateboard. Doctors found small scratches on his arm, but there were no bruises or cuts.
Rittenhouse also told police that the gun he used was in the trunk of his friend’s car, parked at the Rittenhouse family’s apartment in Antioch.
The police interviewed Rittenhouse’s 18-year-old friend, who told them he bought the rifle at Ace Hardware in Ladysmith, Wisconsin, with the money Rittenhouse gave him. The friend said that this rifle was only used for hunting and he kept it in a safe at his stepfather’s house in Kenosha.
The stepfather told police that his stepchild told him he had found himself a job protecting a business. Rittenhouse also told police that he was hired as a security guard for a business in Kenosha and that he brought a rifle to protect himself. The owner of the business, Car Source, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he did not hire any security guards.
Rittenhouse’s lawyers have argued that he is acting on his own. Rittenhouse told police he had been chased by a man he tried to stop smashing windows with.
The teen tried to surrender to police Kenosha after the shooting but was asked to go home, according to the records.
Kenosha Police Station said they were dealing with chaos when asked why Rittenhouse was not arrested immediately after the shooting. The police department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on records showing that Rittenhouse had been asked to go home by a police officer.
Rittenhouse and his friends did not face any charges in Illinois regarding the possession of the gun. Prosecutors there said the rifle was “not immediately inaccessible” to Rittenhouse and his friend because it was locked in the trunk of the car, police records said.
Rittenhouse’s friend is worried that he will be in more trouble than Rittenhouse. According to police records, this friend claimed that Rittenhouse was in self-defense, even though he did not witness the shooting. The friend has not been charged with a criminal offense in either state.
He recalled telling Rittenhouse: “In fact, you are not allowed to have that gun.”