Witness testifies man shot by Kyle Rittenhouse had a loaded gun

Former Marine Jason Lackowski made the discovery while tending to Gaige Grosskreutz's injuries.

Nick Monroe Cleveland Ohio

A witness of the Kyle Rittenhouse shooting in attendance at the hearing gave testimony at the trial today, revealing that one of the people chasing after Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time, had his own firearm ready to go.

It's the end of the first week of the Rittenhouse trial as a courtroom decides whether or not he acted in self-defense that evening, amidst other claims about public safety and firearms possession.

After Rittenhouse had killed both Haber and Rosenbaum, and injured Gaige Grosskreutz, Jason Lackowski was one of the people who helped tend to Gaige’s injuries by applying a tourniquet. He further testified that there were bullets in Grosskreutz’s handgun when he emptied the chamber.

As detailed by the Daily Wire, Rittenhouse’s defense attorneys also got Jason Lackowski to admit that he heard one of the protesters that night shout "Get him!"

The witness went with a fellow military veteran to Kenosha on the night of the incident to protect local business.

Nowhere in the ABC News coverage does this get brought up. Lackowski’s characterization of the testimony instead focuses on how he personally didn’t see Joseph Rosenbaum as a threat. The former Marine saw Rosenbaum as a "babbling idiot" with how he acted that evening.

After Lacowski, the prosecution brought forward the great aunt of Anthony Huber (the skateboard wielder) in an attempt to introduce character witnesses into the trial. Judge Bruce Schroeder had to intervene and lead the jury out of the room while both the prosecution and the defense deliberated on whether this line of questioning was permissible.

The prosecution stated their intent was to show Huber was trying to be heroic, rather than an aggressor. Judge Schroeder’s decision boiled down to saying if he allowed the state to go that route, the defense would’ve been allowed to introduce Anthony Huber’s criminal background.

It led the prosecution to withdraw that line of questioning.

After that, Rosenbaum’s fiancée Kariann Swart was brought up to the stand. Since her initial testimony brought up the fact Joseph was on medication, the defense was allowed to inquire from Swart further about Rosenbaum’s bipolar disorder and depression treatment.


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