Jacob Blake protests: Accused US teen shooter to claim self defence

Sunday - 30/08/2020 07:23
People march in support of Jacob Blake and his family to the Kenosha County Courthouse on August 29, 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Picture: Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFPSource:AFP
People march in support of Jacob Blake and his family to the Kenosha County Courthouse on August 29, 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Picture: Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFPSource:AFP
A 17-year-old who allegedly went on a shooting spree that killed and injured BLM protesters is set to claim self-defence.

A Black Lives Matter counter-protester who allegedly went on a shooting spree on Tuesday night that left two protesters dead and another seriously injured will claim self defence.

It comes after the town of Kenosha, Wisconsin was experiencing a fresh wave of protests following the maiming of a black man, Jacob Blake, who was shot seven times by local police in the back.

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Police were called after reports of multiple gunshot victims at 63rd and Sheridan Rd about 11.45pm Tuesday night, the Kenosha Police Department said in a statement the following morning.

“The shooting resulted in two fatalities and a third gunshot victim was transported to a hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries,” police said.

Following the incident, 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse was charged with one count of first-degree intentional homicide, one count of first-degree reckless homicide, one count of attempted first-degree intentional homicide, and two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment.

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