Man, 36, shot dead during protests is seen on video taunting armed men

‘Shoot me, n*****’: White BLM protester shot dead by 17-year-old in Kenosha was filmed moments before taunting armed men

  • Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, was fatally shot in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Tuesday night 
  • Moments before his death, he was filmed confronting several armed individuals 
  • ‘Shoot me, n*****,’ Rosenbaum is heard saying to a group of men in tactical gear 
  • Kyle Rittenhouse, 17,  killed Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, 26
  • Another man, Gaige Grosskreutz, 26, was shot and wounded that same night
  • Unrest was sparked by Sunday’s police shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake 
  • Rittenhouse faces five felony charges including first-degree murder 
  • His attorney Lin Wood claims the 17-year-old was ‘attacked’ with ‘lethal force’ 
  • Teen shot one of his victims five times including in the head, complaint says 

One of the two protesters fatally shot in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday night by a 17-year-old vigilante gunman from Illinois was filmed taunting a group of armed individuals moments before he was killed.

‘Shoot me, n*****,’ 36-year-old Kenosha resident Joseph Rosenbaum is heard saying in the video in which he is seen confronting several armed men during the unrest that followed last Sunday’s police shooting of 29-year-old black man Jacob Blake.

One of the armed men wearing a black baseball cap and what appears to be tactical gear on his body then turns around and takes a few steps toward Rosenbaum. He then walks past Rosenbaum without incident.

Kyle Rittenhouse, of Antioch, Illinois, has been charged with fatally shooting Rosenbaum and 26-year-old Anthony Huber and wounding a third – Gaige Grosskreutz, 26.

Rittenhouse shot one of his victims five times including in the head, the criminal complaint reveals – but his attorney has claimed it was he who was ‘attacked’ and insisted he was acting in self-defense.  

Rittenhouse’s attorney Lin Wood said the 17-year-old vigilante was ‘attacked’ with ‘lethal force’ and ‘had the right to defend himself’ when he shot dead the two Black Lives Matter protesters and injured a third man, Grosskreutz. 

Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, one of two people killed during unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday night, was filmed shortly before his death taunting a group of armed individuals. Rosenbaum is seen on the right in the reddish-brown t-shirt

‘Shoot me, n*****,’ the 36-year-old Rosenbaum is heard saying in the video in which he is seen confronting several armed men

One of the armed men wearing a black baseball cap (left) and what appears to be tactical gear on his body then turns around and takes a few steps toward Rosenbaum

Attorneys representing Rittenhouse have said he acted to defend himself.

Kenosha County prosecutors said in court records this week that Rosenbaum was the first person Rittenhouse shot at around 11:45pm on Tuesday.

Prosecutors said Rosenbaum followed Rittenhouse into a used car lot, where he threw a plastic bag at the gunman and attempted to take the weapon from him.

The medical examiner found that Rosenbaum was shot in the groin, back and left hand.

The wounds fractured his pelvis and perforated his right lung and liver.

He also suffered a superficial wound to his left thigh and a graze wound to his forehead.

The two men who were killed were Rosenbaum, 36, of Kenosha, (left) and Anthony Huber, 26, of Silver Lake, (right) about 15 miles west of the city. Huber’s devastated girlfriend broke her silence over his ‘murder’ Friday, saying her ‘heroic’ boyfriend died trying to save the lives of her and other protesters

Rosenbaum, 36, of Kenosha, pictured with his fiancée and a young daughter, died Tuesday evening

Gaige Grosskreutz (left) – the suspected killer’s third and only surviving victim is pictured in hospital recovering after the shooting. On right is his left arm where he was shot 

Grosskreutz pictured clutching his bloodied arm after Rittenhouse shot him at close range Tuesday night

Grosskreutz getting medical attention after the shooting. Grosskreutz, aged 26, was legally permitted to be carrying his handgun. Rittenhouse meanwhile is 17 and so was illegally carrying the AR-15 rifle he used to shoot Grosskreutz and the two other victims

Friends have told local media that Rosenbaum was originally from Texas and previously lived in Arizona before moving to Wisconsin this year, where his young daughter lives.

According to his Facebook page, he worked at a Wendy’s restaurant in Kenosha.

Rosenbaum is survived by a fiancee and a young daughter.

‘May you forever be with the angels and rest easy bro. I love you!’ his sister wrote on Facebook.

After shooting Rosenbaum, Rittenhouse then ran down the street and was chased by several people shouting that he just shot someone, before he tripped and fell, according to the complaint and video footage.

Huber, of Silver Lake, Wisconsin, was shot in the chest after apparently trying to wrestle the gun away from Rittenhouse, the complaint said.

Hannah Gittings, Huber’s girlfriend, told WBBM-TV that he pushed her out of the way before chasing after the man others on the street had identified as the shooter.

Huber’s friends gathered at a Kenosha skate park this week to remember him and his passion for skateboarding.

According to court records, Huber had a skateboard in his right hand and used it to ‘make contact’ with Rittenhouse’s left shoulder as they struggled for control of the gun.

Other protesters remembered Huber on Wednesday night near the spot where he was shot, and Gittings told the group that he was an amazing person.

Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, has been charged with first degree intentional homicide following the shooting death of two protesters in Kenosha on Tuesday. Social media photos show the teen had a strong admiration for law enforcement and guns

Much of Rittenhouse’s Facebook is devoted to praising law enforcement, with references to Blue Lives Matter – the movement that supports police. He also previously participated in a youth public safety cadet program (pictured), according to social media

‘He took down an armed gunman with nothing but his (profanity) skateboard,’ Gittings said, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The Kenosha News reported that local protest organizers said both Rosenbaum and Huber had participated in demonstrations this spring and summer, beginning with the May death of George Floyd after a Minnesota police officer pressed his knee into the handcuffed man’s neck.

‘They came out here every time with us,’ said Porche Bennett, a Kenosha resident who has organized protests.

‘Sweet. Loving. They were the sweetest hearts, souls. I called Anthony my hippie guy. They were sweet guys.’

Bennett said she was particularly grateful to Huber, who stood in front of her when authorities used tear gas during protests outside the Kenosha County Courthouse this week.

According to court records, Huber has a criminal record that includes several arrests for battery, drugs and other charges. 

At the time of his death, Rosenbaum had an open criminal case on battery, disorderly conduct and domestic abuse charges. 

The third man to be shot was wounded in the left arm.

Court records said Grosskreutz appeared to be holding a gun when he approached Rittenhouse after he shot at Huber.

Grosskreutz is an activist who volunteered as a medic during the Kenosha demonstrations, according to Milwaukee activist Bethany Crevensten.

Jacob Blake (pictured) was shot seven times in the back by a cop in front of his three young children Sunday. Outrage is building over the cops’ response to white teen Rittenhouse compared to black man Blake

The image above shows the moment a Kenosha, Wisconsin, police officer fired at least seven shots into the back of Jacob Blake as he was getting into an SUV in a residential neighborhood

The images above show the moments leading up to the shooting. Blake (seen in the white shirt) walks away from a police officer who has his gun drawn

She said Grosskreutz was part of a group of roughly two dozen activists who have demonstrated around Milwaukee in the wake of Floyd’s death and went to Kenosha to protest.

Grosskreutz, who was wearing a backpack and cap labeled ‘paramedic,’ was shot in the arm, Crevensten said.

‘He was a hero and he is a hero,’ she said.

Grosskreutz, of West Allis, was recovering after surgery and was not yet giving interviews, Crevensten said this week.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Grosskreutz is a senior at Northland College in Ashland and the college registrar’s office said he is set to graduate in December.

Kyle Rittenhouse’s (pictured Tuesday night) attorney has claimed he was ‘attacked’ and was acting in self-defense when he shot dead two unarmed Black Lives Matter protesters and injured a third man in the streets of Kenosha Tuesday night, as new video reveals a different angle to one of the attacks

The video shows the vigilante shooting his third and only surviving victim Gaige Grosskreutz in the arm as the 26-year-old was carrying a handgun. This came moments after Rittenhouse fatally shot Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, of Kenosha, and Anthony Huber, 26, and called a friend to say ‘I’ve killed someone’

Grosskreutz is armed with a handgun in his right hand and appears to come towards Rittenhouse. Rittenhouse opens fire at Grosskreutz at close range shooting him in the left arm. Wisconsin is an open carry state, meaning people aged 18 and over are legally allowed to carry a gun. Grosskreutz is over 18, Rittenhouse is not 

A grab of Rittenhouse’s extradition hearing on Friday morning. He did not show his face

The paper also reported that he previously worked as a special events coordinator, wilderness medical instructor and sea kayak guide at Lost Creek Adventures in Cornucopia, according to an online LinkedIn profile.

The company offers kayak tours, rentals and programs on wilderness skills within the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. 

Rittenhouse, a police-obsessed Donald Trump supporter, appeared before a judge briefly on a Zoom call on Friday. 

His extradition hearing has been pushed back another month. He will return to court on September 25. 

The teen is faced with murder charges while outrage builds nationwide over the different treatment by cops of the white armed teen compared to their treatment of Blake. 

Rittenhouse faces five felony charges that include first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree reckless homicide, and a misdemeanor charge for possession of a dangerous weapon by a minor. 

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