Wisconsin Man Charged With Providing Rifle Used In Kenosha Protest Shootings
BY JACLYN DIAZ
A 19-year-old Wisconsin man has been charged with illegally providing the gun that prosecutors say Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, used to fatally shoot two men and injure a third during a protest this summer in Kenosha, Wis.
Dominick David Black allegedly obtained the Smith & Wesson M&P15 rifle, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports, after Rittenhouse gave him money for the purchase. Black signed paperwork indicating he was buying the gun for himself, prosecutors say. Because Rittenhouse was underage, he was unable to buy the gun himself.
Black was charged with two felony counts of intentionally selling a dangerous weapon to a person under the age of 18, resulting in the death of another, according to Wisconsin Circuit Court records posted online. He made his initial appearance in court on Monday.
Prosecutors say Rittenhouse used the gun to shoot and kill Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26. Gaige Grosskreutz was also shot and injured. All three men were protesting Aug. 25 in demonstrations following the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man shot by Kenosha police several times at close range two days earlier. Blake is now paralyzed.
Rittenhouse, who faces charges of first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide and attempted first-degree intentional homicide, says he was acting in self-defense.
Black was also at the protests that night but says he didn’t see Rittenhouse shoot anyone, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. He was armed with his own rifle, stationed at the top of an auto repair shop that Black says he and Rittenhouse were protecting during the unrest, the newspaper reported.
Black’s charges are considered Class H felonies, which are punishable by fines of up to $10,000 and up to six years in prison, according to the Wisconsin State Legislature.
At an initial hearing Monday, Court Commissioner Loren Keating set Black’s bail at $2,500. He was ordered to have no contact with Rittenhouse or Grosskreutz. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 19 at 8:30 a.m.
Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger told NPR his office had no comment on the case beyond what is contained in the criminal complaint.
Black’s attorney, Robert W. Keller, didn’t immediately respond to NPR’s request for comment.