Kenosha Riot Shooting -- Wisconsin Juvenile Arrested, Charged with First-Degree Murder

People gather outside the Kenosha County Courthouse after a black man, identified as Jacob Blake, was shot by police in Kenosha, Wis., August 25, 2020. (Stephen Maturen/Reuters)

A juvenile was arrested after shooting three individuals amid riots in Kenosha, Wisc., which began after police shot a black man while attempting to take him into custody.

Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, was charged with first-degree homicide stemming from the Tuesday night incident, according to a court document seen by the New York Times. Rittenhouse allegedly shot and killed two demonstrators and injured a third, and was arrested in Antioch, Ill., about 20 miles from Kenosha.

Rioters in Kenosha have destroyed or damaged dozens of local businesses, and clashes have erupted between rioters and armed citizens attempting to guard local property.

In the wake of the riots, Wisconsin governor Tony Evers on Wednesday authorized the deployment of additional National Guard troops to the city.

Evers “authorized 500 members of the Wisconsin National Guard to support local law enforcement in Kenosha County this evening,” the governor’s office said in a statement. “The governor is continuing to work with other states in facilitating additional National Guard and state patrol support.”

President Trump, who had offered federal assistance to contain the riots, wrote on Twitter, “My team just got off the phone with Governor Evers who agreed to accept federal assistance (Portland should do the same!). TODAY, I will be sending federal law enforcement and the National Guard to Kenosha, WI to restore LAW and ORDER!”

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Zachary Evans is a news writer for National Review Online. He is a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces and a trained violist.

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