Authorities announced Tuesday that Kyle Rittenhouse — the 17-year-old who allegedly fatally shot two people and wounded a third at a protest in Wisconsin — will not face gun charges in Illinois.
Rittenhouse allegedly used an AR-15-style weapon to fatally shoot Joesph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, at an August 25 protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin. NPR reported that police in Antioch, where Rittenhouse lives, led the criminal investigation in Illinois.
Lake County prosecutors said in a statement that the firearm used in the August 25 shooting was purchased, stored, and used in Kenosha — and there is no evidence Rittenhouse had possession of the gun in Illinois.
The Chicago Tribune reported that it is unclear if Rittenhouse or anyone else would have faced criminal charges if the teen had handled the gun in Illinois. Rittenhouse’s attorney, Lin Wood, tweeted that the teen’s friend had purchased the gun and the gun had never left the state of Wisconsin.
In Wisconsin, Rittenhouse is charged with intentional homicide, attempted homicide, reckless homicide, recklessly endangering safety, and possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18.
Lake County prosecutors said they and Antioch police will not be releasing additional information about their investigation, claiming it could compromise the ongoing investigation in Wisconsin.
Rittenhouse remains jailed without bond in a juvenile detention facility in Lake City. An extradition hearing is scheduled for October 30.
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