An armed man who was shot by Kyle Rittenhouse but survived has likened the Kenosha shooter’s courtroom tears to those of a child, before backtracking on his own courtroom testimony.
Gaige Grosskreutz, 26, also told Good Morning America that he was convinced Rittenhouse, 18, is only upset about being caught and put on trial for the alleged murder of two protesters in the riot-ravaged Wisconsin city during August 2020.
Grosskruetz, who was shot in the arm by Rittenhouse after confronting him for killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber during a Black Lives Matter protest last year, told Good Morning America that the teen ‘seemed like a child who’d just gotten caught doing something he wasn’t supposed to.’
‘More upset that he was caught and less upset about what he had done and what he had taken and the numerous lives that he affected through his actions that night,’ Grosskruetz said.
The paramedic, who claimed to have been in Kenosha to provide medical assistance on his free time, has himself faced questions over his motives and truthfulness in recent days. He falsely claimed that his Glock fell out of its holder, even though photos showed him pointing the weapon at Rittenhouse.
Grosskreutz has further admitted that he did not have a permit to conceal his weapon, even though he was doing so on the night of the shootings. And he denied a request by cops in September 2020 to interview him about the shootings.
During Thursday’s appearance, the paramedic backtracked from his own courtroom testimony, where he admitted he pointed a gun at Rittenhouse, instead telling GMA that it was impossible for him to have aimed his weapon at the teen.
Gaige Grosskruetz said that Kyle Rittenhouse ‘seemed like a child who’d just gotten caught doing something he wasn’t supposed to,’ when the teen began sobbing during the trial
‘My arm was being vaporized as I was allegedly pointing my weapon at the defendant,’ Grosskruetz said, implying that it was impossible for him to have actually aimed his gun at Rittenhouse.
He and his lawyer, Kimberly Motely, have called Rittenhouse’s testimony ‘inconsistent’ and said Grosskruetz had not been threatening the teen.
His comments come as the defense plans to move for a mistrial on grounds of prosecutorial misconduct after the teen’s breakdown.
There is increasing speculation a mistrial will be declared, after trial judge Bruce Schroeder blasted Thomas Binger over his criticism of Rittenhouse’s prior silence.
Kyle Rittenhouse broke down on the witness stand as he recalled the moment he was ‘ambushed’ by Joseph Rosenbaum the night he shot him dead
Rittenhouse had taken the stand in his own defense to tell the court that Rosembaum threatened to kill him twice and that a crowd ambushed him after he shot the man
Grosskruetz, who was armed when he encountered Rittenhouse, said he did not point the weapon at him despite testifying to the contrary in court
The case could also collapse over Binger’s decision to bring up information about the teen’s rifle that had been previously barred from court during Rittenhouse’s cross examination.
Judge Bruce Schroeder chastised Binger for his conduct, and Rittenhouse’s defense attorney Corey Chirafisi accused Binger of purposefully trying to trigger a mistrial to ‘get another kick at the cat because the first trial is going badly.’
Binger also questioned Rittenhouse’s decision to remain silent during cross-examination despite it being his Fifth Amendment right.
After he began sobbing on Wednesday when he recounted the fatal shootings of Rosenbaum and Huber in the 2020 Kenosha protests, Rittenhouse testified about his encounter with Grosskruetz.
According to Rittenhouse, he was being chased and attacked by a crowd after he killed Rosenbaum, and he shot at an unknown man who kicked him in the head and knocked him to the ground.
In his daze, he shot and killed Huber, who was attempting to take away Rittenhouse’s AR-15 rifle.
Struggling to get up he said he saw Grosskreutz coming towards him, initially with his hands up. He said that he lowered his weapon and looked down but, he added, ‘Mr. Grosskreutz lunges at me with his pistol pointed directly at my head.’
Grosskruetz testified before the court about how Rittenhouse shot him
In his own tearful testimony, Grosskruetz said he had feared for his live
He recalled, ‘He is standing – what I remember is our feet were touching
My rifle is down, his hands are up. His pistol is in his hand and then Mr. Grosskreutz looks at me and that’s when Mr. Grosskreutz brings his arm down…with me on the ground and his pistol is pointed at me and that’s when I shoot him. Once.’
Surrounded by chaos and potential threats he said, ‘I start walking towards the police line to turn myself into the police.
Grosskruetz had given his own tearful testimony on Monday when he told the jury how he pulled his own gun because he thought Rittenhouse was an ‘active shooter’ having witnessed him shoot at two men in front of him – killing one – and on learning that he had already shot another man.
But in the moments before he was shot, he said he raised his arms in surrender only for Rittenhouse to ‘re-wrack’ his AR-15 and fire on him.
During a fierce cross examination, defense attorney Corey Chirafisi claimed Grosskreutz lied to police officers in his statement by omitting the fact that he had a Glock in his hand when he was shot by Rittenhouse.
This was one of several allegations made by defense Chirafisi as he attempted to undermine the star witness’s credibility.
Defense attorney Corey Chirafisi said Grosskreutz lied to police officers in his statement by omitting the fact that he had a Glock in his hand when he was shot
Rittenhouse fatally shot Joseph Rosenbaum (left), 36, with an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle after Rosenbaum chased Rittenhouse across a parking lot and threw a plastic bag at him shortly before midnight on August 25, 2020. Moments later, as Rittenhouse was running down a street, he shot and killed Anthony Huber (right), 26, a protester from Silver Lake, Wisconsin
Chirafisi revealed to the court that Grosskreutz has filed a civil suit against Kenosha City for $10million as well as a federal lawsuit and that he fails to mention that he himself was carrying a firearm in either document.
‘You stand a better chance of getting $10million bucks if Mr. Rittenhouse is convicted don’t you?’ Chirafisi hectored.
Reading from Grosskreutz’s original police statement made on August 26, Chirafisi said, ‘You said, ‘I told multiple officers that I dropped my firearm.’ You didn’t drop your firearm. You were chasing Mr Rittenhouse with your gun [drawn] right?’
Throughout direct examination Grosskreutz had been portrayed as a non-partisan participant, there only to administer medical aid.
Under cross-examination Chirafisi drew an admission that he has affiliations with a group called The People’s Revolution and played footage during which Grosskreutz can be heard telling Rittenhouse and his fellow ‘militia’ medics, ‘You can go home. F***ing stooge.’
The court was shown images of the shooting that clearly showed Grosskreutz grimacing and screaming in agony while he cradled his right arm
Images of Grosskreutz’s injuries on the night of the riot were shown to the jury on Monday
Grosskreutz claimed that he did not ‘purposefully’ omit the information that he was armed and blamed it on the fact that he had just come out of surgery, had been sedated, was on pain medication and had just undergone ‘the most traumatic experience’ of his life ‘physically and emotionally.’
Questioned by Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger, Grosskreutz recalled, ‘I thought I was going to die,’ and told how he watched Rittenhouse re-wrack his weapon and take aim at him as he approached him.
He said, ‘I put my hands up and then the defendant essentially re-wracked…in my mind it meant that the defendant had pulled the trigger while my hands were in the air, but the gun didn’t fire so he was re-wracking.’
Moments earlier Grosskreutz who had been livestreaming events had jogged alongside Rittenhouse, drawn to the commotion and gunshots.
‘What did you do?’ he asked the younger man. Grosskreutz told the court that he misheard Rittenhouse’s response thinking he said, ‘I’m working with the police. I didn’t do anything.’
In fact, Rittenhouse had said, ‘I’m going to the police.’
Grosskreutz said, ‘I found it odd and noteworthy…I thought the defendant was an active shooter.’
Asked why he didn’t shoot first when faced with Rittenhouse taking aim, Grosskreutz said, ‘I was trying to preserve my own life but doing so while taking the life of another is not something that I’m capable of comfortable of doing.
‘It goes against my lifelong ethical code that I’ve lived by in regard to medicine.
‘That’s not the kind of person that I am. That’s not why I was there. It’s not somebody I would want to become.’