Joshua Ziminski, 35, and his wife both admitted that he fired a shot from his handgun just before Kyle Rittenhouse fired his rifle as he was surrounded by rioters.
Attorneys for Rittenhouse have called the gunshot a “pivotal moment” that left the 17-year-old alleged militia member fearing he had “no way out” as he was chased by protesters with “no way to know who fired that shot.”
A reporter who was on the scene, Richie McGinniss, said that the moment Ziminski fired his weapon was the same moment that Rittenhouse went from running away to firing his weapon.
That first shot, in a tense moment like that, changed the whole game. Had that shot not been fired, there may have been no shooting at all.
The 6’5′ Wisconsin native was seen clearly “holding a black handgun” at large groups of people just before the attack, the officers detailed in the complaint.
How would you feel as a 17 year old kid who was surrounded by an angry mob who was throwing objects at you and then one of them fires a gun?
It's easy to understand how this got out of hand but, even after Rittenhouse fired, he still retreated before being chased by the mob and assaulted.
Rittenhouse is still facing a lifetime behind bars.