Kyle Rittenhouse, the Illinois teenager accused of killing two people and injuring a third during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last week, thanked his supporters when he called one of his lawyers on Tuesday.
“I just want to thank each and every one of you for your underlying support,” said Rittenhouse over a speakerphone to attorney John Pierce, who tweeted the video of the call. “I just want to thank all of you for the mail I’ve received. It was really helpful. “
Pierce confirmed to Fox News that the speaker on the phone was Rittenhouse.
“I’ll be out of here soon,” added Rittenhouse, urging his supporters to “stay strong”
The 17-year-old faces a series of charges arising from the August 28 gunfire, just two days after Jacob Blake was shot multiple times by a Kenosha police officer. Rittenhouse faces multiple crimes, including counting reckless first degree murder and deliberate first degree murder attempt.
Investigators said Rittenhouse was armed with a Smith & Wesson AR-15 rifle when he and others reportedly tried to protect kenosha companies from vandalism.
An autopsy revealed that one victim, Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, was shot five times – in the right groin, back, left hand, left thigh and right forehead. 29-year-old Anthony Huber was shot in the chest before he died.
A third man, Gaige Grosskreutz, was injured in one of his arms.
Rittenhouse attorneys have repeatedly alleged that the teenager was attacked by protesters and was defending himself. Investigators did not say much publicly about the case or the events leading up to the shooting.
“If this isn’t self-defense for Kyle Rittenhouse under the circumstances, no one can protect themselves, no one can protect their families, and no one can protect their country,” says Pierce in the video, while self-defense plays a role in “God-given right.”
“We’re not going to allow a district attorney in Kenosha, Wisconsin, to take it from Kyle,” he continues.
In a message to Fox News, Pierce compared the teenager to the unknown shooter who had fired the “Shot Heard Around the World” on April 19, 1775 in Lexington, Massachusetts when the British and American forces slipped. The incident sparked the American Revolution.
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Rittenhouse was held in Illinois, where he was arrested hours after he died in the shooting until extradited to Wisconsin. He has been hailed as a hero in conservation circles, and President Trump appeared to be defending him on Monday.
Critics have beaten up the Kenosha Police, claiming that some officers treated Rittenhouse and others, who were kindly armed, while treating protesters more severely.