Rittenhouse, an Illinois resident, has been identified in these videos and can be seen talking with police and holding an AR-15 style rifle. He was interviewed by a reporter for the Daily Caller, telling the reporter that people “were getting injured and our job is to protect this business.”
In one video, police can be seen handing out water bottles to the armed men and thanking them for their presence.
“We appreciate you,” said one police officer.
Later that night, after leaving the dealership, video posted on social media appears to show Rittenhouse being pursued by protestors. A shot is fired by someone in the crowd, and a person identified as Rittenhouse then turns toward the shot and fires multiple times, appearing to shoot a man in the head. He then flees and is pursued by several protestors.