One of the protesters killed in Kenosha tried to stop the shooter with his skateboard before being shot, girlfriend says
- Anthony Huber, a 26-year-old father, tried to stop the shooter during a protest in Kenosha, his girlfriend said.
- Huber and Joseph "Jojo" Rosenbaum, 36, were both shot and killed. 26-year-old Gaige Grosskreutz was also shot but is expected to survive.
- On Thursday, 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse was charged with first-degree intentional homicide by prosecutors.
Anthony Huber, one of the people killed in the Kenosha protest shooting on Tuesday night, had tried to stop the shooter with his skateboard before being shot himself, his girlfriend said.
"He came at the dude, dude rolled on the ground, and had a perfect vantage point to just put one in him, and he did," the girlfriend, Hannah Gittings, told WISN-TV.On Tuesday, 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse opened fire on protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He's been charged with shooting three people and killing two of them.
Rosenbaum, a 36-year-old resident of Kenosha, was a Texas native and is survived by his two-year-old daughter and fiancée, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported."May you forever be with the angels and rest easy bro. I love you!" Rosenbaum's sister wrote in a Facebook post.
Huber, a 26-year-old resident of Silver Lake, Wisconsin, leaves behind his girlfriend, Gittings, and stepdaughter. The two were walking down the street when the shooting took place."We're walking down Sheridan, 'bang, bang,' hear gunshots go off," she told WISN-TV. The shooter "ran up on somebody with an assault rifle, like he was just gonna tackle dude to the ground."Gittings told CNN that Huber first tried to get her out of the way.
"He pushed me out of the way, like he was telling me to run off, and I tried to grab him," she said. "I should have been there, but there was going to be no changing his mind."
Huber then did a "heroic thing" by chasing Rittenhouse, she told CNN. A criminal complaint filed on Thursday said that Rittenhouse took off after shooting Rosenbaum, but was chased by a group of people, including Huber.It said also that Huber's "skateboard makes contact with the defendant's left shoulder," while Huber himself was "trying to pull the gun away" from Rittenhouse.
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Rittenhouse had his gun aimed at Huber, the complaint said, adding: "He then fires one round which can be heard on the video. Huber staggers away, taking several steps, then collapses to the ground. Huber subsequently died from this gunshot wound."
Gittings said Huber was "completely indescribable" — someone who refused to abandon his beliefs, according to CNN."He did not deserve to die," Gittings told CNN. "This kid just snatched any chance for him to have been able to live the life that he deserved to live."
Rittenhouse was arrested by police Wednesday morning and was charged with first-degree intentional homicide and other felonies on Thursday."If those three hadn't run up on that dude, he would have opened fire into the crowd. Who knows what he would have done. He already killed someone," Gittings told WISN-TV.
Huber was commemorated by fellow skateboarders after his death
Huber was an avid skateboarder and well known within his community."He was all about street skating. That's literally all he would do was skateboard and make people smile. He was a figure around here. He was a part of a lot of people's lives around here," Justin Tawwater, a friend of Huber, told the Chicago Sun-Times."He was always talking about having to be home and take care of his kid," Tawwater said. "I'm going to miss him"
On Wednesday, skateboarders gathered in Basik, a skate park in Kenosha to pay their respects.
"Go out there and skate as hard as you can," Gittings shared in a Facebook post on Wednesday.People skated through the park and wrote messages in chalk in memory of Huber. "Anthony Huber is a hero," one message read.
The GoFundMe page for Gittings was started by Danielle Rasmussen, a 42-year-old woman who said that she went to cosmetology school with Gittings' close friend."I saw the need and reached out and asked if I could start a GoFundMe," Rasmussen told Insider, adding that she wanted to use her social media platform to raise money, "I thought I would like to use it to help her."
This story has been updated.
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