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5 things to know about the Kyle Rittenhouse trial

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Shooting victim Gaige Grosskreutz testifies in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Nov. 8, 2021. |

Survivor admitted that he aimed a weapon at Rittenhouse 

Grosskreutz, the lone shooting victim to survive, testified as one of the prosecution’s key witnesses on Nov. 8. During cross-examination from one of the defense attorneys, Grosskreutz admitted that Rittenhouse only shot him after pointing a weapon directly at him. 

“When you were standing three to five feet from him, with your arms up in the air, he never fired. Right?” the attorney asked. Grosskreutz responded in the affirmative. 

“It wasn’t until you pointed your gun at him, advanced on him with your gun, now your hand’s down pointed at him, that he fired. Right?” Grosskreutz acknowledged that the attorney’s description of the chain of events that led to his shooting was accurate, reversing a suggestion he had made earlier in his testimony.

Earlier, while examining a photo of the moments he was shot, the attorney asked Grosskreutz if he agreed that “once your firearm is pointed at Mr. Rittenhouse, that’s when he fires his gun.” Grosskreutz responded with a “No.” 

The attorney followed up by inquiring whether the picture in question included “his arm being shot.” After conceding that the image looked “like my bicep being vaporized,” Grosskreutz acknowledged that the lawyer’s conclusion that “it’s being vaporized because you’re pointing your gun directly at him” was correct.

The media portrayed Grosskreutz’s testimony as a significant setback for the prosecution.

Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” last week, NBC News’ Gabe Gutierrez remarked that “especially during cross-examination, the witnesses bolstered Rittenhouse’s claim of self-defense.” 

Ryan Foley is a reporter for The Christian Post. He can be reached at: ryan.foley@christianpost.com

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