Gaige Grosskreutz, 22, told CNN in an exclusive interview on Tuesday. “I play it back in my head, I think about it all the time.”
The sound of gunfire, scream and chaos that still plays in his head as if again on 25 August.
“I think about everything all the time,” Groskrutz said.
Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, is accused in the shooting during the protest. He had an affinity for the police which his social media makes clear. He participated in a program for youth aspiring to become police officers.
As Blake, a 29-year-old black man, fought for his life in hospital after being shot by an officer on August 23, protesters took to the streets.
Police and civilians faced the first night and the second. But on the third night, 25 August, protesters and visually armed civilians were also confronted.
Prior to the shooting, Rittenhouse – holding a long rifle – told a journalist who was following him that he was a trained drug, according to a criminal complaint. The teenager worked part time at the YMCA before falling unconscious due to Kovid-19.
Grosskreutz said he worked as a para-vedic before going to college in Wisconsin, where he is currently studying. Groskrutz said he has participated in several peaceful protests in Milwaukee – which has seen more than 100 days of protests – against police brutality and racial injustice.
But the night he faced Rittenhouse changed his life, Groskreutz said.
“I was shot with a .223 round from the shooter,” Grosskreutz said. “And I’m missing 90% of my biceps now. It hasn’t been easy emotionally, physically. I’m constantly in pain, like reducing the pain, which just doesn’t go away – in my hand, my in heart.”
According to the complaint, Rittenhouse shot the first victim, Joseph Rosenbaum, several times when the victim threw a plastic bag at him and tried to grab Rittenhouse’s gun. Rittenhouse then escaped and was chased as people appeared to try to stop him, the video shows. The complaint states that he then fired more rounds, killing Huber and injuring Grosskreutz badly.
As police and emergency vehicles showed the scene and video of the fatal encounter on social media, the armed suspect walked with a group of officers when his hands were raised and a rifle hung from his chest. He turned to the police the next day, 30 miles away in Antioch, Illinois.
Grosskreutz says he packed his medicine bag – and his licensed gun
Distraught over the video of the Blake shooting, Grosskreutz said he traveled 40 miles from his home in Milwaukee to Kenosha to participate in the protests.
Grosskerutz said he packed the medical supplies in a small bag to get him ready to provide medical supplies. He also said that he decided to bring his licensee gun with him. He said he was concerned after seeing a call to arms on Facebook by a group called the Kenosha Guard, a self-styled militia group that is using social media platforms to encourage armed civilians to take to the streets Was.
He said, “Everyone was exercising their right to protest. And there were some people who were exercising their right to bear arms.”
Groskrutz said he saw the need for medical assistance that night and put on a paramilitary cap and backed out of the protest to treat the protesters – both sides of the protest.
“He was down, to try to provide indiscriminate assistance to everyone”, said Groberkutz’s lawyer, Kimberley Motley.
Social media video captures the shooting unfollowing
Social media videos from live streamers that night captured the events as they unfolded.
Rittenhouse has been seen participating in shootings at two locations. In a video, the criminal complaint against him stated, Rosenbaum threw a plastic bag at him and tried to strip him and Rittenhouse shot the man.
In two other videos, Rittenhouse was seen running away and people yelling and chasing after him. Someone shouted, “He shot someone.”
And someone else replied, “Get his **.”
Rittenhouse appears to travel and falls to the ground. He fires his weapon as a man gets close but misses, the video shows.
Anthony Huber then uses his skateboard and hits Rittenhouse in the shoulder and then falls on it.
Huber was seen staring and then falling to the ground. According to the complaint, he died of his gunshot.
Groskrutz then appears approaching the Ritenhaus and is shot in the arm from close range.
Grosskreutz can be seen running away. He has a large wound and his hand is not moving. You can also see the gun in his injured hand. He can be heard screaming for a drug.
“I never fired my gun,” Grosskrutz said. “I was there to help people. It didn’t hurt people.”
Groskreutz said he has run with police in his past and paid off his debt. But he says that he had every right to carry his gun.
“I’m not a hooliganism,” he said. “I have my secret carry, I’ve seen it for years. It was my gun. My gun. I had the legal right to keep it and hide it.”
Grosskreutz’s lawyer Motley said Rittenhouse does not have the right to keep his weapon. He is accused of possessing a dangerous weapon under the age of 18 years.
Groskrutz said he never used his gun that night, even after being shot.
The last patient was himself, Groskreutz says
Groskrutz said he did not expect the patient he would treat last night to be himself.
Groskrutz said he used his own medicine bag and with the help of CJ Halliburan, who was watching the entire incident live, but stayed to help Groskrutz, before police took him to the hospital with his hand Put a tourniquet on.
“It was a serious wound. Didn’t I have my training and proper equipment … to treat a gunshot wound, I can’t do this interview here,” Groskrutz said
He described a chaotic scene before firing bullets that night. The buildings were damaged and people participated in the protests.
He said the police used tear gas and rubber bullets.
Before the shooting begins, the video shows the police behaving friendly with Rittenhouse and handing him water.
“And then he watered the shooter some time and said that he appreciated the shooter,” he said, referring to a video from the scene before the shooting by police.
Motley said there was a blame for Rittenhouse’s actions going around, including law enforcement that didn’t stop him from leaving; Facebook for not taking the positions of the Kenosha Guard incident; The person who gave Rittenhouse the gun; And whoever helped Rittenhouse cross state lines after shooting multiple people.
“While (Rittenhouse) may be the one who pulled the trigger, there are definitely a lot of people who put bullets in that gun,” Motley said.
Asked why officers did not prevent the Ritenhouse from visiting the scene, Kenosha Sheriff David Beth told reporters that the tunnel scene could occur in high-stress environments such as the night of August 25.
Grosskreutz said he and his family, including his 65-year-old grandmother, are receiving death threats online from people who support Rittenhouse.
“None of it is true, people who are saying the least, according to their perceptions towards me,” he said. “I am not an Antifa militant terrorist. I am a 22-year-old male. I go to school. And yes, I use my First Amendment to protest peacefully.”
Grosskreutz is still being treated by doctors at the same hospital where Jacob Blake is being treated for his gunshot wound.
Rittenhouse is in a prison in Illinois. He has an extradition hearing on September 25 to send him back to Wisconsin where charges were laid against him.
“The shooter went to bed that night and slept. Some people did not get that luxury – two people could not find that luxury, themselves (as well) that night,” Groskrutz said.
Grosskreutz looked at the floor, tears in his eyes.
“I’m going through a hard day but like I said, I’m a strong person,” he said. “But everyone is hurting in one way or another. I went on with my life that night but there were not two people.”