Gaige Grosskreutz Wiki – Gaige Grosskreutz Biography
Gaige Grosskreutz is the only man shot by Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin, who lived to tell the tale.
On the week of November 8, 2021, Grosskreutz took the witness stand in the trial of Rittenhouse, who is charged with homicide and serious felony charges in the shooting deaths of Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum and the wounding of Grosskreutz. “I thought the defendant was an active shooter,” Grosskreutz testified, explaining why he approached Rittenhouse with a gun drawn after Rittenhouse had fallen on the street.
His age is unclear.
Kyle Rittenhouse Shootings
Grosskreutz is the only one of three people shot by Rittenhouse who survived and is a key witness for the prosecution.
Jurors in Rittenhouse’s trial have been shown several clips of live streams from the night of the shooting, including the moments Rittenhouse shot Grosskreutz and Anthony Huber, just moments after he’d also shot Joseph Rosenbaum. The shooting of the latter was not caught on video.
Grosskreutz, a certified emergency medical technician, testified he was trying to stop Rittenhouse as he was running down the street in Kenosha after he’d shot Rosenbaum because he believed Rittenhouse was an active shooter.
Grosskreutz acknowledged he was holding a handgun as he approached Rittenehouse but said he and Huber were only trying to detain and disarm Rittenhouse, not kill him.
“That’s not the kind of person that I am. That’s not why I was out there,” he said. “That’s not someone I am and not someone whom I’d want to become.”
When jurors were shown a video of Rittenhouse shooting Huber, prosecutors asked Grosskreutz what was going through his mind.
“That I was going to die,” Grosskreutz said.
Rittenhouse shot Grosskreutz in the arm, and Grosskreutz said he lost 90% of his bicep.
Rittenhouse has said he was acting in self-defense when he shot Grosskreutz, Huber, and Rosenbaum. Still, prosecutors have argued it was Rittenhouse who instigated the violence that night in August 2020.
The trial is in its fifth day of testimony and is expected to last two to three weeks.
According to the court records retrieved through Pacer, Grosskreutz has filed a federal lawsuit that alleges police wrongly allowed an armed militia to imperil his safety.
However, Rittenhouse’s defense attorney denies he was part of an organized militia, saying in court that Rittenhouse didn’t know most of the other men who were present in Kenosha that day.
“It was not a mistake that Kyle Rittenhouse would kill two people and maim a third on that evening. It was a natural consequence of the actions of the Kenosha Police Department and Kenosha Sherriff’s office in deputizing a roving militia to ‘protect property’ and ‘assist in maintaining order,'” the suit says.
The suit alleges: “Seeing this murder (of Huber), Gaige Grosskreutz approached a still seated Rittenhouse. Grosskreutz put his hands in the air in an effort to show that he was not attacking Rittenhouse. Rittenhouse instead shot at him, thankfully missing his head and central mass but unfortunately striking Grosskreutz in the arm. Grosskreutz sustained serious injuries and lost 90% of his right bicep. As a true medic and not someone running around with an AR15 claiming to be a medic, Grosskreutz had a tourniquet in his medic bag. But for his training as an EMT, Grosskreutz would have likely been Rittenhouse’s third killing. Nonetheless, Grosskreutz’s life has been changed immeasurably.”