Police Say Kenosha Shooting Suspect Is Fmr. Member Of Youth Police Cadet Program

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Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, reportedly is a former member of the Public Safety Cadet program in Grayslake, Illinois.

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.

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