Kenosha protester who was shot in the arm cries as he tells his side of story: ‘I was there to help’

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The Kenosha protester who was shot when he rushed at 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse armed with a gun asserted in a new CNN interview that he is “not an Antifa terrorist organizer.”

In fact, Gaige Grosskreutz told the outlet, he drove from his home in Milwaukee to Kenosha to attend the protest last month and was planning to be on hand “to help people” as a paramedic before having part of his arm blown off in the exchange with Rittenhouse.

(Image: CNN screenshot)

In an interview where CNN described Grosskreutz as the “sole survivor” of the shootings that night, the 22-year-old maintained that he is “not a felon,” has a license to carry his firearm and that Rittenhouse, who discharged his weapon after being chased and confronted by aggressive protesters, basically should not have pulled the trigger.

“I was shot point blank with a .223 round from the shooter,” Grosskreutz told CNN. “And I am now missing 90% of my bicep. This has not been easy emotionally, physically. I’m in constant pain, like excruciating pain that just doesn’t go away — both in my arm, in my heart.”

Grosskreutz’ lawyer, Kimberley Motley, claimed her client, who had worked as a paramedic, had headed to the area “to try to provide assistance to everybody indiscriminately.”

He recounted that he packed medical supplies and had brought his gun as protection against what CNN referred to as “armed citizens.”

“Everybody was there exercising their right to protest. And there were some people who were exercising their right to bear arms, including myself,” he said.

Grosskreutz came at Rittenhouse during a chaotic moment in the night after he fatally shot two men who attacked him.

“I’m going through a tough day but like I said, I’m a strong person,” Grosskreutz told CNN.”But everybody’s hurting from this in one way or another. I walked away with my life that night but two people didn’t.”

John Pierce, the attorney representing Rittenhouse, wrote in a letter released after the incident that the teenager “was accosted by multiple rioters who recognized that he had been attempting to protect a business the mob wanted to destroy. This outraged the rioters and created a mob now determined to hurt Kyle. They began chasing him down.”

He fired his weapon twice in self-defense, the attorney explained, and as was seen in graphic video footage from the scene.

“Another attacker struck Kyle from behind as he fled down the street. Kyle turned as the mob pressed in on him and he fell to the ground. One attacker kicked Kyle on the ground while he was on the ground. Yet another bashed him over the head with a skateboard. Several rioters tried to disarm Kyle,” Pierce wrote.

“In fear for his life and concerned the crowd would either continue to shoot at him or even use his own weapon against him, Kyle had no choice but to fire multiple rounds towards his immediate attackers, striking two, including one armed attacker,” he added.

That turned out to be Grosskreutz who was seen in videos rushing at the teen who was on the ground. His gun could also be seen in the videos shared on social media that then showed how Rittenhouse fired to protect himself.

Grosskreutz reportedly applied a tourniquet to his arms before he was rushed to the hospital.

“That was a grievous wound. Had I not had my training and proper equipment … to treat a gunshot wound, I might not be here doing this interview,” he told CNN.

“I never fired my gun,” Grosskreutz said. “I was there to help people. Not hurt people.”

(Image: CNN screenshot)

 

“I’m not a felon,” he maintained. “I have my concealed carry, I’ve had it for years. That was my gun. My firearm. I had a legal right to possess it and to possess it concealed.”

He also complained that he is getting death threats from those who are supposedly supporting Rittenhouse, who is in jail facing two felony charges of homicide, another for felony attempted homicide related to Grosskreutz as well as misdemeanor charges of possessing a dangerous weapon while under the age of 18.

Grosskreutz also grumbled about how he is being mischaracterized.

“None of it is true, of what people have been saying as far as their assumptions toward me, at least,” he said. “I’m not an Antifa terrorist organizer. I am a 22-year-old male. I go to school. And yeah, I exercise my First Amendment right to peacefully protest.”

A friend of Grosskreutz had commented in a group chat that his only regret that night was not being able to kill Rittenhouse.

“So the kid shot gaige as he drew his weapon and gaige retreated with his gun in hand. I just talked to Gaige Grosskreutz too his only regret was not killing the kid and hesitating to pull the gun before emptying the entire mag into him. Coward,” the friend wrote.

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