Kyle Rittenhouse opened fire seconds after hearing gunshot: expert

An expert has confirmed that Kyle Rittenhouse shot the first victim he saw during the chaos in Kenosha (Wisconsin), just seconds after firing a gunshot in the air.

Dr. John Black, who is an expert on use-of-force cases and video evidence, testified about footage that he analyzed for Rittenhouse’s murder trial on charges that he fatally shot two men and injured a third as riots broke out in the city last summer.

Asked about the time between the shot fired by another protester and Rittenhouse opening fire, Black said that the gap was only about “two and three quarters” seconds.

Rittenhouse’s lawyers have argued that the teen feared for his life when he shot his first victim that night, Joseph Rosenbaum.

Black’s testimony comes after an explosive day in court Wednesday in which Rittenhouse broke down on the stand as he described the events leading up to the shootings on Aug. 25. 2020

Rittenhouse’s nearly daylong testimony was interrupted by fiery exchanges between the prosecutors and the judge, who at one point suggested they were acting in bad faith with their line of questioning.

Kyle Rittenhouse walks through the gallery of the courtroom and back to his table after a break in his trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse.
After a brief break during his trial, Kyle Rittenhouse moves through the gallery and back to the table.
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Kyle Rittenhouse (right) arrives at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 11, 2021.
Kyle Rittenhouse will arrive at Kenosha County Courthouse November 11, 2021.
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Gaige Grosskreutz testifies during Kyle Rittenhouse's trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse.
Gaige Grosskreutz testifies during Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse.
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John Black, use-of-force expert, testifies during Kyle Rittenhouse's trail at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 11, 2021.
John Black, use-of-force expert, testifies during Kyle Rittenhouse’s trail at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 11, 2021.
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Rittenhouse’s lawyers also cited what they said were out-of-bounds questions directed at their client in requesting a mistrial on Wednesday.

Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder didn’t immediately rule on the matter.

Schroeder indicated that the trial could wrap up this week, saying that it would be “ideal” if closing arguments were held Friday.

Kyle Rittenhouse (center) clashes and shoots a protester (right) during the third day of protests over the shooting of Jacob Black.
Kyle Rittenhouse (center), clashes with and shoots protester (right) in the third day protests against the shooting of Jacob Black.
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Kyle Rittenhouse breaks down during his cross-examination on November 10, 2021.
Kyle Rittenhouse suffered a heart attack during cross-examination. It happened on November 10, 20,21.
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Shooting victim Gaige Grosskreutz shows the jury how he was holding the gun in his right hand when he was shot by Kyle Rittenhouse.
Gaige Grosskreutz is shown to the jury by Kyle Rittenhouse as he holds the gun in his right arm when he shot Gaige Grosskreutz.
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Rittenhouse is facing six charges including the intentional homicide of Rosenbaum, Anthony Huber, and Gaige Grosskreutz being shot.

Rittenhouse has been accused of being the aggressor in the violence. His lawyers, however, claim that Rittenhouse only acted in self defence.

If convicted of intentional homicide, which is the state’s equivalent of murder, he faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

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