The man who survived a gunshot wound by Kyle Rittenhouse in Wisconsin last year said on Nov. 4 that he was pointing his gun at the teenager when the then-17-year-old shot him.
Gaige Grosskreutz, who was one of three people shot by Rittenhouse during protests against racial injustice in Kenosha and the only survivor, was testifying during Rittenhouse’s murder trial in Kenosha, where the shootings happened on Aug. 25, 2020.
“It wasn’t until you pointed your gun at him, advanced on him with your gun … that he fired, right?” Corey Chirafisi, part of Rittenhouse’s defense team, asked Grosskreutz.
“Correct,” he replied.
Rittenhouse had earlier fired on Joseph Rosenbaum, who witnesses said was acting aggressively and lunged at the teenager in the parking lot of a car dealership. Rosenbaum died from his wounds. After Rittenhouse took off running, he was attacked by Anthony Huber, who swung a skateboard at his head. Rittenhouse also is accused of fatally shooting Huber.
Grosskreutz then moved toward Rittenhouse while holding a gun, video footage showed, and Rittenhouse appeared to shoot him.
Grosskreutz had heard gunshots from several blocks away and sprinted toward the sounds.
He said he thought Rittenhouse was an “active shooter,” prompting him to act.
But even though he was within arm’s length of Rittenhouse, he expressed ambivalence about the idea of shooting the teen, claiming that preserving his own life “while also taking the life of another is not something that I’m capable of or comfortable in doing.”
Thomas Binger, a prosecutor, wondered why Grosskreutz hadn’t fired first.
“That’s not the kind of person that I am. That’s not why I was out there,” Grosskreutz said. “It’s not who I am. And definitely not somebody I would want to become.”
Jacob Marshall, a roommate of Grosskreutz, posted on Facebook shortly after the shooting that Grosskreutz conveyed to him that “his only regret was not killing the kid and hesitating to pull the gun [sic] before emptying the entire mag into him.”
Grosskreutz denied making those comments. Marshall is scheduled to testify on Nov. 10.
Rittenhouse, 18, had been in Kenosha to help defend businesses against rioters and medically assist people in distress. Grosskreutz, 27, who has worked as a paramedic, also went to the city to help with medical situations.