Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old gunman who went to Kenosha, Wisconsin and shot three men, two of whom died, is reportedly not on gun charges in his home state of Illinois NPR.
The 17-year-old gunman was accused of killing two men with an AR-15 rifle in Wisconsin when police shot an unarmed black man, Jacob Blake, in front of his children. Rittenhouse has faced six criminal offenses in Wisconsin, including first degree willful murder.
A written statement was issued by Lake County, Illinois, Attorney General Michael Nerheim's office regarding the weapon used.
"The Antioch Police Department conducted a full investigation into the weapon used in a shooting in Kenosha on August 28th. The Lake County Attorney's Office reviewed the investigation to see if crimes had been committed in Lake County, Illinois.
“To that end, the investigation found that the weapon used in the Kenosha shootings was purchased, stored and used in Wisconsin. In addition, there is no evidence that Kyle Rittenhouse ever owned a gun in Illinois.
"I would like to thank the Antioch Police Department for their diligence in investigating this matter," said Nerheim.
"The Antioch Police Department and the Lake County State Attorney's Office are not releasing additional details about this investigation so as not to disrupt the investigation that may be taking place in Wisconsin."
In a Twitter post posted after filming in August, the teen's attorney, Lin Wood, stated:
If you start producing facts to support false allegations, you will run into trouble under the law of defamation. Kyle did not carry a weapon across state lines. The gun belonged to his friend, a Wisconsin resident. The gun never left the state of Wisconsin.
The truth always prevails. https://t.co/iDbsykaVvY
– Lin Wood (@LLinWood) August 28, 2020
Rittenhouse remains in a Lake County juvenile detention center pending criminal charges in Kenosha. Rittenhouse is due for an extradition hearing in Lake County Court on October 30th.