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Update at 1:12 P.M.: Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, was arrested in Antioch, Illinois. The initial complaint ticket shows he will be charged with 1st Degree intentional homicide in the Kenosha shooting. Court records listed Rittenhouse as a fugitive.
The third night of protests against the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, ended with the shooting of three people and a manhunt for the possible shooter.
Kenosha Police said two people were dead and a third person was injured after someone shot into a crowd of protesters around 11:45 p.m. One victim was shot in the head and the other was struck in the chest, Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
It was unclear where the third person was shot, but the injuries sustained were not life-threatening, police said. Video circulating on social media shows someone who was shot in the arm.
The shooting occurred in the area of 63rd Street and Sheridan Road just before midnight.
The incident was a culmination of a tense third night of protests during which protesters and police engaged in an hours-long standoff in front of the courthouse. Like previous encounters between protesters and police, demonstrators reportedly threw water bottles, rocks and fireworks at law enforcement, according to The New York Times.
Police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. Law enforcement also warned protesters they would be arrested if they were found violating the 8 p.m. city curfew.
Protesters began congregating at a gas station, including a group of men armed with guns. Shortly before midnight, gunshots rang out, sending people running for cover, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
Daily Caller reporter Shelby Talcott, who was on the scene, shared video of shots ringing out and people scrambling away. Talcott also shared footage of one of the victims being rushed to the hospital by a group of bystanders, who apply pressure to the wound. The victim appears to have been shot in the head.
It should be noted that the Daily Caller is a right-wing news publication that was founded by Fox News host Tucker Carlson and political pundit Neil Patel.
A video on social media appears to show the man carrying a long gun as he runs north on Sheridan Road as he’s pursued by a group of people who accuse him of shooting someone. The man reportedly falls to the ground and appears to shoot two people, one in the chest and another in the arm. The armed man then gets up and more shots are heard as he walks away from the scene.
Video also shared by Talcott shows the victim who was shot in the arm running away from the shooter and screaming for a medic. The man is seen bleeding heavily as a bystander helps apply a tourniquet to his arm. The video has not been verified.
Armed vigilante groups, carrying handguns, AR-15-style rifles, knives and military flak jackets, reportedly travelled to Kenosha to stop people from breaking into and destroying local businesses. One armed man told The Washington Post that he aimed to stop people from breaking into businesses and that he saw rumors that protesters were using pipe bombs. The Washington Post noted that there was zero indication that pipe bombs were used on August 25.
Jacob Blake’s Mother Urges Calm
Julia Jackson, Jacob’s mother, told reporters on Tuesday that she was against the destruction seen following protests against her son’s shooting. She said she was praying for the country to heal, The New York Times reported.
“I’ve noticed a lot of damage,” Jackson said. “It doesn’t reflect my son or my family.”
The distraught mother’s words reflected those said by her son’s father earlier on Tuesday. Jacob Blake’s father, who shares the same name, told the Chicago Sun-Times that the destruction being seen in Kenosha was not his son’s fault.
Jacob’s family said he was left paralyzed and with “eight holes” in his body after being shot by Kenosha Police on August 23. Authorities have yet to release the name of the officers who shot Jacob.
Jacob was reportedly breaking up a fight when Kenosha Police officers became involved. A viral video shows the moment Jacob walks away from officers, opens the door of his van and is shot multiple times by Kenosha Police. Three of his children were sitting in the vehicle when Jacob was brutally shot.
Now, Kenosha Police have asked anyone who witnessed the shooting on August 25 to please call the Detective Bureau at 262-605-5203. Callers who wanted to remain anonymous can contact Kenosha Area Crime Stoppers at 262-656-7333. Police also requested any videos and photos of the shooting that have not been shared on social media.
At the end of each story about the Black Lives Matter protests occurring around the country, we will share the following information on how best to protect yourself:
Protecting Yourself From Tear Gas
- Before being exposed: Do not wear contact lenses or makeup. This could trap the tear gas on your skin and eyes. Try to wear protective goggles if possible. Remember to wear a mask, which you should already be wearing to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Wear long sleeves and long pants to protect as much of your skin as possible.
- If exposed: Get yourself out of the area immediately. The CDC recommends seeking higher ground as most Riot Control Agents (RCAs) are heavier than air.
- Clothing: The RCAs will have contaminated your clothing, be sure to remove the clothes as soon as possible and discard. Clothing that needs to be removed over the head should be cut instead. The CDC recommends wearing rubber gloves and putting the contaminated clothes in a bag and then seal that bag in another bag.
- Exposed Skin: The International News Safety Institute recommends washing with soap and water. First, shower in cold water and then in warm water. Do not bathe. Wash your face as soon as you can, but do not rub the skin as you don’t want to activate the powder in tear gas. Do not rinse your eyes and face with milk, instead use water.
Protecting Yourself: Technology Edition
- Smartphone: Smartphones can easily give out information that police can later use against protesters. Turn off your location data and remove facial and fingerprint recognition. If you need to communicate with friends or family, be sure to download and use the Signal app, which encrypts messages. WIRED recommends Android users head to Settings, then Security and make sure the Encrypt Disk option is selected.
- Social Media: Do not post photos or videos with geotags and consider blurring the faces of protesters when sharing information on social media.
- Police Conduct App: The ACLU has created the Mobile Justice app to record police conduct. You can learn more about the app here.
- Identifying Clothing or Tattoos: It is highly recommended you wear clothing that is not easily identifiable. Be sure to cover any tattoos that can be used by law enforcement to identify you.
- In Case You’re Arrested: Write the number down of a lawyer, organization or friend/family member that you can call if you’re arrested on your skin. Be sure to have a form of ID in your pocket.
About the Author
Nicole Rojas is a senior writer for The North Star. She has published in various publications, including Newsweek, GlobalPost, IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly, and the Long Island Post. Nicole graduated from Boston University in 2012 with a degree in print journalism. She is an avid world traveler who recently explored Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas.