Key witness admits he pointed gun at Rittenhouse prior to shooting

The second week in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse got underway with explosive testimony from a crucial witness who seemed to blow a hole in the prosecution’s case.

Gaige Grosskreutz, one of the men shot by Rittenhouse during a riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin, admitted from the witness stand that he had been pointing a gun at the teen before the shooting began.

“Until you pointed your gun at him”

Cross-examination from defense attorney Corey Chirafisi led to the damning acknowledgment by 27-year-old Grosskreutz, who denied that he chased Rittenhouse in the lead-up to the shooting. Video evidence appears to back up Rittenhouse’s claim that he opened fire after he was already facing a threat.

Initially, Grosskreutz told prosecutors that he had his hands up when he approached Rittenhouse. Chirafisi extracted a different recollection.

The lawyer displayed a photo of the witness apparently aiming a loaded firearm at Rittenhouse, who was on the ground.

“It wasn’t until you pointed your gun at him, advanced on him … that he fired, right?” Chirafisi asked.

“Correct,” Grosskreutz replied, which seemed to prompt one of the prosecuting attorneys to bury his face in his hands.

“Long live the revolution”

The cross-examination also resulted in Grosskreutz conceding that he was armed, though he denied that he lied to police when he said that his gun fell from his waist before the shooting.

He also denied being a member of the radical People’s Revolution but admitted speaking at its rallies and chanting “long live the revolution.”

Among his other notable admissions from the stand was his concession that he was carrying a concealed firearm without a valid permit and the fact that he has a $10 million lawsuit riding on the trial’s outcome. Grosskreutz denied the claim a former roommate made in a Facebook post that his “only regret” was not killing Rittenhouse and “hesitating to pull the gun before emptying the entire mag into him.”

Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time of the shooting, is on trial for fatally shooting 26-year-old Anthony Huber, who allegedly attacked him with a skateboard, and injuring Grosskreutz. The 18-year-old defendant is facing up to life in prison if convicted.

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