Rittenhouse told the newspaper that he didn't regret that he had a gun with him that night.
"I got my $1,200 from the coronavirus IL unemployment 'cause I was on furlough from YMCA and I got my first unemployment check so I was like, 'Oh, I'll use this to buy it, '" Rittenhouse told the Washington Post from a juvenile detention center, where he's been held on $2 million cash bail since the August shootings. He received his first unemployment check and told reporters at the publication through a cell phone he thought to himself, "oh I'll use this to buy it". The weapon was stored at Black's stepfather's house in Kenosha, Wisconsin, until Black and Rittenhouse each took rifles downtown on August 25, according to police records.
Rittenhouse, 17, was arrested at his home in Antioch, Illinois, a day after the fatal shootings of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, on August 25.
Rittenhouse is charged with first-degree intentional homicide, which could land him in prison for life, if convicted.
Although there were many other armed civilians doing the same, some as part of organized efforts, Rittenhouse said he was not part of any group.
Kyle Rittenhouse 17 of Antioch
The plan was for the ownership of the gun to be transferred to Rittenhouse after the teenager turned 18, Rittenhouse told the Post.
Swart said Rosenbaum had been homeless - the couple lived in a tent for seven months before moving into a motel. But days later, he contacted her, then overdosed and was in a hospital's intensive care unit for five days, Swart said. "He was like, 'I was getting attacked, so I had to shoot, '" Faith said.
"I was going to a place were people had guns and god forbid somebody brought a gun to me and chose to shoot me", the teen said.
Black, the 19-year-old who bought the gun for Rittenhouse, is charged in Kenosha County Circuit Court with two counts of intentionally providing a unsafe weapon to a minor, resulting in death.
A 17-year-old from IL who is charged with killing two people during a protest in Wisconsin and whose case has become a rallying cry for some conservatives posted $2 million U.S. bail Friday and was released from custody.
Black told police Rittenhouse said he opened fire because people were attacking him and were going to kill him.