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Man Shot By Kyle Rittenhouse Felt 'Emotional' Hearing Gunman’s Testimony

Man Shot By Kyle Rittenhouse Felt 'Emotional' Hearing Gunman’s Testimony

Gaige Grosskreutz was shot in the arm in the incident last August, while Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber tragically both died

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman

A man who was shot by Kyle Rittenhouse last year said it was 'emotional' to watch the 18-year-old testify about injuring him and killing two others during riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Gaige Grosskreutz, 27, was shot in the arm in the incident last August, while Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, tragically both died.

Prosecutors argue that Rittenhouse had acted in self defence when he feared his weapon would be taken from him.

But in court, Grosskreutz told the jury he thought Rittenhouse as 'an active shooter' and only drew his own pistol after the bloodshed began.

In his first interview since testifying in the trial, Grosskreutz told Good Morning America: "To me, it seemed like a child who just gotten caught doing something that he wasn't supposed to - more upset that he was caught and less upset about what he had done and what he had taken and the numerous lives that he affected through his actions that night."

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Grosskreutz, a paramedic, said he was worried for his safety that day, recalling: "There are a million things that run through your mind when somebody's pointing a rifle at you after just having murdered somebody.

"First and foremost I was concerned for my safety. I never lost sight of who I am, I'm not somebody who takes life, I've made a life out of protecting and preserving life, not taking it."

Grosskreutz said he was 'all for the Second Amendment - 'American citizens' right to bear arms' - adding that while others may think that he 'pointed the gun' at Rittenhouse, at the time his 'arm was being vaporised'.

"It's completely inconsistent with the physiology of my wound that he wound have shot me while my weapon was pointed at his head," he continued.

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When asked if he was saying he never pointed the gun at Rittenhouse, Grosskreutz replied: "That's absolutely what I'm saying, yes."

In court yesterday, Rittenhouse broke down crying as he gave evidence about the moments leading up to the multiple shootings.

The teenager said: "He screamed 'if I catch any of you f****** alone, I'm going to f****** kill you'.

"The second time he said 'I'm going to cut your f****** hearts out and kill you N-words'."

Rittenhouse, who was 17 when the incident took place, travelled to Kenosha, Wisconsin, from his home in Illinois, after protests broke out over the shooting of a black man, Jacob Blake, by a white Kenosha police officer.

He is charged with killing two men and wounding a third with an assault-style rifle during the summer of 2020.

Featured Image Credit: ABC

Topics: News, US News, Kyle Rittenhouse