According to CNN, Illinois police say the suspected gunman in the fatal shootings of two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, is “a former member of a youth police cadet program with an affinity for guns.”
- “Antioch, Illinois, police identified the suspect Wednesday as 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse,” the outlet wrote, and “In Grayslake, Illinois -- about 10 miles from Antioch and 30 miles from Kenosha -- Police Chief Phillip L. Perlini said the suspect in the shooting was a former Public Safety Cadet.”
- CNN reported that the program is described online as an opportunity for youth to explore law enforcement careers.
- “Due to the person's age and state law, the chief said the department couldn't comment further,” according to the report.
- The social media accounts believed to belong to the teenager “portray a young White man with an affinity for guns who supports ‘Blue Lives Matter’ and President Donald Trump,” CNN wrote.
- Rittenhouse “was arrested Wednesday and charged with first-degree intentional homicide, Antioch Police said in a news release.”
He has been charged in a single shooting incident during a night of unrest Tuesday in which two people were killed and a third was seriously injured, Kenosha police said. The shooting came amid protests over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man.
The victims in the shooting incident Tuesday night were identified as a 26-year-old from Silver Lake, Wisconsin, and a 36-year-old from Kenosha.