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Friend Bought Assault Rifle for Kenosha Teen Killer

Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager accused of killing two men during protests in Kenosha, Wi., in August, used an assault rifle that a friend had bought for him. Rittenhouse, 17, enlisted the friend’s help months earlier because he was too young to legally buy the gun, an AR-15, himself, the Washington Post reports. Rittenhouse has been held in a juvenile facility near his home in Antioch, Il., where he turned himself in to police after the shooting. On Friday, a  judge ordered him returned to Wisconsin to face multiple homicide and weapons charges.

Newly released police records contain details of Rittenhouse’s surrender as well as of statements he gave to police. He grew emotional in the lobby of the police station, saying he had “ended a man’s life” according to the records, which quote him as saying, “I shot two white kids.” Rittenhouse and the friend who bought the gun, Dominick Black, 18, each told police they had been hired by a local business owner to provide security that night. Kenosha had seen several nights of protests after the police shooting of a Black man. The records were released after the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel filed a lawsuit seeking them. Black sometimes stays with his stepfather in Kenosha. During a camping tripin April, Rittenhouse gave Black money for the gun at a local hardware store. Rittenhouse’s lawyer, John Pierce, says the teenager was acting in self-defense. On Friday, Pierce said: “We will never surrender. Kyle will be set free and cleared of all charges.”