Kyle Rittenhouse trial: New FBI aerial surveillance video shows never-before-seen action before teenager shoots 3 people
The video was shot from above, and it is difficult to clearly distinguish the identities of the two running men. During his testimony, Det. Martin Howard of the Kenosha Police Department confirmed the identities of the two men in the final seconds before the shooting.
Prosecutors previously said infrared surveillance video could show that at least at one point during the night of the fatal shootings, it was Rittenhouse following Rosenbaum.
Rittenhouse’s attorney, Mark Richards, argued Rosenbaum had driven Rittenhouse out.
Prosecutors released a dozen videos in court on Wednesday which, taken together, showed what happened before, during and after Rittenhouse killed two men and injured another in Kenosha. Rittenhouse, now 18, has pleaded not guilty to seven counts, including intentional first degree homicide, reckless first degree homicide and attempted first degree intentional homicide.
In opening statements, the prosecution said the evidence would show Rittenhouse was pursued and shot and shot Rosenbaum, 36, and then shot three other people who were trying to confront what they believed to be an active shooter. However, Richards said Rittenhouse acted in self-defense, describing Rosenbaum as the aggressor and the others as part of a “mob.”
Most of the facts of what happened that night are not up for debate – the heart of the lawsuit is rather the analysis of Rittenhouse’s actions and whether they can be considered “reasonable.”
Rittenhouse fired an AR-15 type weapon eight times during the unrest: four shots at Rosenbaum, who was unarmed; two shots at an unarmed stranger which kicked Rittenhouse; a fatal blow to Anthony Huber, who hit Rittenhouse with a skateboard; and a shot at Gaige Grosskreutz, who was holding a gun, prosecutors said.
Series of videos show person fired before Rosenbaum was killed
In the grainy new video, Rittenhouse quickly moves along a sidewalk on his own. The sidewalk leads to a parking lot, where Rosenbaum is positioned next to a group of parked cars.
Richards, Rittenhouse’s attorney, alleges Rosenbaum was in the parking lot setting a Duramax on fire.
“As Kyle (Rittenhouse)… comes to the Duramax, this individual, Mr. Rosenbaum, begins to come out of his hiding place,” Richards said, pointing to Rosenbaum in the video.
Howard confirmed the attorney’s statement. He also confirmed that Rosenbaum was wearing a mask.
Richards argued that Rosenbaum was “in hiding” when Rittenhouse pulled into the parking lot, which Howard confirmed.
Rittenhouse slows down in the video, and there seems to be some sort of exchange, but there is no audio at the moment.
Howard confirmed this to be true back in the days when Rittenhouse could be heard yelling “friendly, friendly, friendly” on other witness videos.
“And that doesn’t deter Mr. Rosenbaum, does it?” Richards said.
“Right,” Howard replied.
Rittenhouse continues to move in the same direction it was moving before, and Rosenbaum begins to chase Rittenhouse.
The new surveillance video is part of a series of videos released during the Rittenhouse criminal trial on Wednesday which shows another person firing a gunshot in the air seconds before the teenager fired a fatal shot at Rosenbaum in Kenosha , Wisconsin, last August.
Ziminski, 36, was separately charged with disorderly conduct using a dangerous weapon, arson and obstructing an officer, and he pleaded not guilty, court records show. A criminal complaint indicates that he admitted to firing a “warning shot” in the air that night.
What the videos showed
The videos, some of which were graphic, came from different angles and from various witnesses at the scene.
The first batch of videos showed the first shootout in which Rosenbaum chased Rittenhouse and threw a bag at him. A gunshot then exploded, and Rittenhouse then shot Rosenbaum four times. Prosecutors showed graphic video of Rosenbaum lying on the ground with a head injury as people attempted to provide medical assistance.
As the video played in the courtroom, Rittenhouse’s head was pointed down, not watching the video.
Prosecutors then released various videos of people who pointed out Rittenhouse as he fled from the scene of the shooting and shouted that he had just shot a man. A mob started chasing Rittenhouse, who fell and then fired four more shots, the videos show.
In a video, taken earlier that night by Richie McGinniss, editor of Daily Caller, Rittenhouse said he was on the streets as a medic and other gunmen were there to protect him.
“Our job is to protect this business and part of my job is to help people as well,” said Rittenhouse. “If there is someone who is injured, I am in danger. That’s why I have my gun, because I obviously have to protect myself. I also have my medical kit.”
Koerri Washington, who broadcast the unrest in Kenosha live last August, testified early Wednesday as prosecutors released a video he took the night of the shooting. He testified that Rosenbaum acted “erratically” and that Rittenhouse chain smoked and appeared nervous that night.
Retail Howard testified that he examined Rittenhouse when he surrendered the day after the shooting.
Howard noted that Rittenhouse had a half-inch scratch above his left eyebrow, a small cut on the inside of his lower lip, a 2 inch scratch below his left collarbone, redness on his right side from his navel, a 2- one inch scratch on his left forearm, redness on his right forearm, redness on the tip of his right thumb, a scratch on his back near his left shoulder blade and two bumps on the left back of the head.
A friend who bought the weapon testifies
Dominick Black, a 20-year-old friend who was dating Rittenhouse’s sister, testified as the trial’s first witness on Tuesday and said he bought an AR-15 gun for Rittenhouse in what prosecutors called a “straw purchase”.
Rittenhouse was too young to buy and own a gun, but he gave Black funds to buy the gun, Black said.
On August 25, 2020, Black and Rittenhouse each took a gun and ammunition and drove to downtown Kenosha to attempt to protect a car dealership called Car Source, where around six or seven other armed people had gathered. Black climbed to the roof of the dealership that night because he felt being on the ground was too dangerous, he said.
At one point, he heard gunshots in the distance in an area where Rittenhouse was located.
“I didn’t believe the shots were his until I got a phone call. I answered it and he just said, ‘I shot somebody, I shot someone, “then hung up right away,” Black said.
Rittenhouse returned to the dealership “panicked”, pale and sweaty, Black said. They left Kenosha and went to Rittenhouse’s home in Antioch, and Rittenhouse surrendered to the police the next morning.
Black has been charged with two counts of intentionally giving a dangerous weapon to a person under the age of 18 causing death, court records show. He pleaded not guilty. He said on Tuesday he hoped the stance would lead to leniency in his case.
CNN’s Carma Hassan and Brad Parks contributed to this report.