17-YEAR-OLD NABBED FOR KILLING 2 PEOPLE IN KENOSHA, WISCONSIN
A white, 17-year-old police admirer was arrested Wednesday (Thursday, August 27, 2020 in Manila) after two people were shot to death during a third straight night of protests in Kenosha over the police shooting of a Black man, Jacob Blake.
Kyle Rittenhouse, of Antioch, Illinois, about 15 miles from Kenosha, was taken into custody in Illinois on suspicion of first-degree intentional homicide in the rifle attack Tuesday night that was largely captured on cellphone video. A third person was wounded, reported Mike Householder and Scott Bauer for the Associated Press (AP.) “I just killed somebody,” the gunman, who was carrying a semi-automatic rifle, could be heard saying at one point during the rampage that erupted just before midnight. The shooting set off three nights of unrest in the city midway between Milwaukee and Chicago.
In the wake of the killings, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers authorized the sending of 500 members of the National Guard to Kenosha, doubling the number of troops. The governor’s office said he is working with other states to bring in additional National Guard members and law officers. Authorities also announced a 7 p.m. curfew, an hour earlier than the night before.
“A senseless tragedy like this cannot happen again,” the governor, a Democrat, said in a statement. “I again ask those who choose to exercise their First Amendment rights please do so peacefully and safely, as so many did last night. I also ask the individuals who are not there to exercise those rights to please stay home and let local first responders, law enforcement and members of the Wisconsin National Guard do their jobs.” He denied asking US President Donald Trump to send armed federal agents to his state as the Justice Department said it is sending in more than 200 federal agents from the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in response to the unrest.