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Illinois Police arrest teenager following deadly night in Kenosha, Wisconsin

Last Updated Aug 26, 2020 at 4:36 pm EDT

Police in Illinois say they have arrested a 17-year-old in the shooting of three people – two fatally – after a third night of protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin following the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

Law enforcement officials have identified the suspect as 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse of Antioch, Illinois.

Rittenhouse was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of first-degree intentional homicide.

Videos of the shooting are circulating online, and appear to show an armed protester opening fire on several other protesters in the middle of a busy street.

Several people try and stop the gunman but the shots continue. People can be heard screaming and running away from the scene, before the video cuts off.

Press release from Kenosha police after shooting in overnight protests, August 25, 2020. @KenoshaPolice | Twitter

Police used tear gas, rubber bullets and flash bangs on protesters as the cries for change continued Tuesday night.

Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth says at least three people were shot near a gas station.

The FBI has been called in to help investigate the shooting, as well as multiple videos circulating online.

A curfew was put in place for 8 p.m. Tuesday night as protesters gathered around the Kenosha courthouse.

A sate of emergency was also approved that is expected to last until Friday.

The protests erupted following the police shooting of Jacob Blake earlier this week.

Mr. Blake’s father, Jacob Blake Sr. spoke outside the courthouse Tuesday afternoon, saying it would be a miracle if his son walked again.

“They shot my son seven times, like he didn’t matter.”

They are calling for the officers involved to be arrested, and for their names to be released.



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