Kyle Rittenhouse claims he used his coronavirus stimulus check to buy the gun he used to kill two Black Lives Matter protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
The accused double killer said in a phone interview with the Washington Post published Thursday that the 17-year-old also acted in self-defense and has no regrets using the AR-15 on the two men in the wake of Jacob Blake's shooting by the police.
"I received my $ 1,200 from coronavirus Illinois unemployment because I was on vacation from YMCA and received my first unemployment check. So I said, 'Oh, I'll use this to buy it," Rittenhouse said during the interview.
Rittenhouse was arrested at his home in Antioch, Illinois, the day after the fatal shootings of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, on August 25.
Under Illinois law, Rittenhouse wasn't old enough to legally buy the gun, so he reportedly had a friend in Kenosha buy the gun and keep it for him in Wisconsin.
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Rittenhouse also confirmed that he wanted to protect local businesses in Kenosha. Pictures of him from that night show him with the gun.
"I went to a place where people had guns and God forbid someone brought a gun to me and decided to shoot me … I wanted to be protected, which in the end I had to protect myself," Rittenhouse told the news agency .
When asked if he regrets being armed during the Kenosha protests, Rittenhouse says he didn't.
"No, I don't regret it," he said. "I would have died that night if I hadn't. I feel like I had to protect myself."
It has been reported that Kyle Rittenhouse will not be charged in Illinois. The Lake County State Attorney's Office issued the following statement: "There is no evidence that Kyle Rittenhouse, Illinois, ever physically possessed the gun."
Rittenhouse was charged with first degree murder, reckless endangerment of first degree security, and weapon abuse in Wisconsin for death on August 25th. Another person, Gaige Grosskreutz , is said to have also been shot and wounded in the shooting.
There are questions as to why Rittenhouse, who lived in Illinois, was even in Kenosha, Wisconsin. His lawyers alleged that a business owner invited him to protect property but failed to identify who made the request.