Gaige Grosskreutz, one of three people shot last month in Kenosha, Wisconsin, allegedly by Illinois teen Kyle Rittenhouse, spoke out in an exclusive interview with CNN. He is the only survivor of the shootings.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, on August 25, protests raged in the city following the shooting of Jacob Blake. Grosskreutz, as well as Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, were a few of the many who protested that night. Numerous counter-protesters, many of whom were armed, also convened on the city. Among them was 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, from nearby Antioch, Illinois.
What happened next is a matter of dispute, but at some point during the event, shots rang out, and when the dust had settled, Rosenbaum and Huber were dead, and Grosskreutz was injured. Rittenhouse would later be taken into custody, charged with first-degree intentional homicide and other crimes.
Grosskreutz took a bullet to the arm, which required surgery.
"I was shot point-blank with a.223 round from the shooter. And I am now missing 90% of my bicep. This has not been easy emotionally, physically. I'm in constant pain, like excruciating pain that just doesn't go away -- both in my arm, in my heart," he said.
Grosskreutz shared that he'd attended multiple protests in and around Kenosha before he was shot, including peaceful ones in Milwaukee. On the day of the shooting, he decided to bring his own gun -- which he has a license for -- because he'd seen posts on social media calling for armed counter-protesters to come to the city.
"Everybody was there exercising their right to protest. And there were some people who were exercising their right to bear arms, including myself," he said.
In addition to bringing his gun, Grosskreutz also brought a medical kit, believing that he may at some point be required to provide aid to an injured person on either side. He ended up having to use the medical kit on himself.
"That was a grievous wound. Had I not had my training and proper equipment... to treat a gunshot wound, I might not be here doing this interview," he said.
Grosskreutz said that he thinks about that night all the time, and still hears the screams of panic in his mind. However, he also noted that he was able to walk away from the protest with his life, while Huber and Rosenbaum were not.
Rittenhouse's attorney, John Pierce, says that his client was being chased by a mob that night and that he acted in self-defense.