MILWAUKEE (SPECTRUM NEWS) — Illinois police have arrested a 17-year-old suspect responsible for the City of Kenosha shooting Tuesday evening where two people were killed and a third was seriously injured.
The suspect, identified as Kyle Rittenhouse, of Antioch, Illinois, was taken into custody Wednesday in Illinois on suspicion of first-degree intentional homicide. He is in custody of the Lake County Judicial System pending an extradition hearing to transfer custody from Illinois to Wisconsin.
Law enforcement on Wednesday said the victims include a 36-year-old Kenosha resident and a 26-year-old Silver Lake resident. The third victim, a 26-year-old from West Allis, is expected to survive.
Cellphone video that went viral on social media reportedly depicts a young white man opening fire in the middle of the street with a semi-automatic rifle.
Kenosha County authorities issued an arrest warrant Wednesday morning for Rittenhouse, charging him with First Degree Intentional Homicide.
“Our Village of Antioch is deeply saddened by all loss of life. Our hearts and prayers extend to the friends and family who lost a loved one,” said Mayor Lawrence Hanson.
Police responded to the area of 63rd Street and Sheridan Road for reports of shots being fired and multiple gunshot victims.
The third gunshot victim was transported to a hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. The shooting investigation is active and ongoing.
Gov. Tony Evers has since authorized 500 members of the National Guard to support local law enforcement around Kenosha, doubling the number of troops sent in.
Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth on Wednesday said he is strongly opposed to the idea of deputizing citizens with firearms to assist authorities, saying they are a liability. He believes Rittenhouse was part of the group asking to be deputized.
He also said citizens walking around with guns would create more confusion and confrontation.
Antioch is about 15 miles from Kenosha.