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17-Year-Old Arrested In Connection With Kenosha Shooting That Left 2 Dead

The latest demonstrations in the wake of Jacob Blake’s shooting came after family attorney Ben Crump said his client is partially paralyzed.

A protester launches a projectile toward police during clashes outside the Kenosha County Courthouse, late Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, in Kenosha, Wis. | AP Images
A protester launches a projectile toward police during clashes outside the Kenosha County Courthouse, late Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, in Kenosha, Wis. | AP Images

A 17-year-old suspect has been arrested and charged in connection with a shooting Tuesday night that left two people dead and injured another during demonstrations in Kenosha, Wisconsin, police said.

The Antioch, Illinois police department said authorities arrested the suspect, who is a resident and will be transferred to Wisconsin pending an extradition hearing. The suspect has been identified in court documents from Lake County, Illinois and charged with first-degree intentional homicide, the Associated Press reported

Antioch, Illinois is about 20 miles from Kenosha, Wisconsin, according to Google Maps. The suspect was able to flee the scene Tuesday night and was declared a “fugitive of justice” in court documents before Antioch police arrested him.

During the third night of protests in Kenosha in the wake of Jacob Blake’s shooting at the hands of police, mostly armed white men appeared in video footage standing outside a gas station and other businesses. The New York Times reported that law enforcement is investigating the involvement of the armed men at the gas station.

The city’s police department said early Wednesday that it responded to reports of gunshots around 11:45 p.m. local time on Tuesday, and that a 26-year-old wounded by gunshots was transported to the hospital with “serious, but non-life threatening injuries.” The department has not yet identified the names of the three victims.

Graphic bystander footage that has been widely shared shows an armed man, who appears to be white, running, then tripping and falling, as he wields a rifle. Multiple gunshots can be heard. At a press conference on Wednesday, a reporter asked the Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth about a video that appeared to show officers allow the suspected shooter to pass without apprehending him, despite his arms being raised​. Beth did not give a clear answer as to why officers appeared to let the suspect pass, but attributed it in part to the chaotic aftermath of a shooting.

Beth declined to say whether militia were present at the protest and that he received and refused a proposal to deputize armed citizens.

The latest chaotic demonstrations came after Blake’s family attorney, Benjamin Crump, said during a press conference Tuesday that Blake is paralyzed from the waist down after police shot him multiple times from behind while he was entering a vehicle on Sunday, in front of his children.

Video taken at the protests on Tuesday show law enforcement deploying tear gas and rubber bullets against protesters, who threw water bottles, fireworks, and rocks at police, the Times reported. The two groups clashed outside of a courthouse where city officials reportedly  set up a metal blockade as protests are ongoing.

Protesters have been demanding that police release video footage of Blake’s shooting, amid reports that the department has failed to fully implement body cameras, and that  a community review board be established for more police accountability. 
The attorney Crump said police shot Blake after he tried to break up a fight between two women, which corroborates other news stories and reported witness accounts. 

The two officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, and the state’s Department of Justice said Monday that it will investigate the incident and release a report within 30 days. 

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) declared a state of emergency on Tuesday and called in the National Guard. Footage from the city has shown significant property damage and fires. President Trump tweeted on Tuesday that he “will be sending federal law enforcement and the National Guard.”

Protests have swept multiple major U.S. cities, including Minneapolis and Los Angeles, in honor of Blake, whose shooting came three months after George Floyd died at the hands of police. 

Blake’s mother Julia Jackson said during a press conference that she saw the damage in the city and doesn’t condone it.

“It doesn't reflect my son or my family,” Jackson said. “If Jake knew what was going on and as far as that goes, the violence and the destruction, he would be very unpleased.”

Blake’s sister gave an emotional speech as well, saying she’s “tired” and “numb,” and “I don’t want your pity, I want change.”