During Kyle Rittenhouse's trial on Tuesday, Gaige Grosskreutz testified, it was revealed that Grosskreutz, one of the three men shot by Rittenhouse on the night of August 25, 2020 during riots in Kenosha, Wisc., was only shot after he pulled his gun on Rittenhouse.
However, on Thursday night Grosskreutz changed his story while being interviewed by Anderson Cooper on CNN.
Grosskreutz said of Rittenhouse’s emotional testimony, "I can't say that I was one particularly impressed nor convinced. To me, it seemed like a child being upset because they were caught, not upset because of what they had done wrong."
Cooper challenged Grosskreutz and said, Rittenhouse "says he did not rerack his gun. He said that on the witness stand, you obviously said that, that he did, you firmly say that you witnessed that."
Grosskreutz responded, "Yes, absolutely."
Cooper then asked, "What was going through your mind in the moment right before you were shot?"
Grosskreutz replied, "That I was going to die, and I felt that I needed to do whatever I could to … try and preserve my own life."
Cooper then played the video from Grosskreutz’s testimony in court where he confirmed that he had pointed a gun at Rittenhouse and advanced on the teen before he was shot.
Cooper then called out the disparity between the testimony and when Grosskreutz was on Good Morning America and claimed that he was not pointing his gun at Rittenhouse and asked him to clarify the discrepancy.
Grosskreutz has also confirmed during his testimony that he saw a mob advancing on Rittenhouse, and had approached him with his gun drawn.
Grosskreutz blamed his testimony in court on the "skilled" defense attorney, who was "…able to present questions to help support their narrative."
"That's their job," he added.
Grosskreutz then tried to justify his revised version of events by stating that the wounds he sustained when Rittenhouse shot him were only possible if his arms were up and not pointing a weapon at the teen.
Cooper challenged Grosskreutz and asked, "…did you ever point your gun at him?"
Grosskreutz confessed, "I think that… in the still photos, it certainly looks like it, but never intentionally. You have to understand that. Following that gunshot. I was, I had no use of my arm. I wasn't able to move anything in my right arm, around my right arm."
Cooper then pressed further and asked why Grosskreutz had a gun if he was there as a "medic."
Grosskreutz responded, "I believe in the second amendment, I believe in American citizens’ right to bear arms. I carry a weapon with me. It's just like grabbing your keys, your phone, your wallet, and your gun. So that night was no different than any other night, but I think an important juxtaposition between the defendant and myself, both claiming to be medics is that one of us was carrying illegally with a rifle and one of us was carrying concealed with a handgun."
Grosskreutz also testified that the permit he had to carry a handgun had expired by the night of August 25, 2020, and he had not renewed it. He claimed that he didn't know it was expired at the time, but realized later that it had been out of date and his carrying of the weapon was also not legal.
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