Man charged with firing handgun just before alleged Kyle Rittenhouse shootings
A man has admitted being first to open fire at the Kenosha protests in the moments before accused teen gunman Kyle Rittenhouse allegedly shot and killed two people and seriously injured another, according to court documents.
Joshua Ziminski, 35, and his wife “both admitted” to detectives that he “fired off a ‘warning shot’ into the air” during the Aug. 25 protests in Wisconsin, according to a criminal complaint obtained by The Post.
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.”
On-the-scene reporter Richie McGinniss has also said the sound of the shot was the moment Rittenhouse “went from running away to aiming his weapon” in what the teen’s attorneys insist was self-defense.
Ziminski was investigated by the same detectives assigned to probe Rittenhouse and the now-viral videos of the killings, the complaint said. 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.
Ziminski was also seen with wife Kelly walking toward the Ultimate Gas Station lot with his “arm pointing the gun upward towards the sky,” the document said.
Detectives “observed a muzzle flash emit from the handgun, and heard a gunshot at the same time,” all backed up by another video clip, the court papers said. “Several other people are in the nearby vicinity when the defendant fires the handgun,” the documents said.
After Ziminski and his wife “both admitted” that he had fired a “‘warning shot’ into the air,” they then claimed they could not produce the gun because it had been stolen from their home, the complaint said.
Ziminski was booked last Wednesday on charges of disorderly conduct and use of a dangerous weapon, online court records show. He pleaded not guilty during a virtual hearing Friday, and released Friday on $1,000 cash bond, with conditions barring him from having any weapons or discussing the case with his girlfriend, records show.
A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Dec. 4.
On Tuesday night two people were killed in the continued violence in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The three victims were shot by the same shooter, a 17-year-old by the name of Kyle Rittenhouse.
Newly uncovered video evidence indicates the shooter may have fired in all cases in self-defense. All three shooting victims who attacked Rittenhouse have arrest records and may be felons and one was carrying a handgun possibly illegally.
Internet sleuths are at it again. This time they have uncovered events leading up to the shootings in Kenosha, Wisconsin on BLM rioters Monday night.
……There is more footage from the night of the shooting showing Rittenhouse carrying a gun and being thanked by the police for his help.
The mob attacked him, and he did exactly what he needed to do to avoid getting killed himself. He was charged with murder.
These are the thugs he shot. All three have a criminal record a mile long.
The 3 shot (2 killed) in #Kenosha, Wisc. at the BLM riot have been identified.
Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, was the first one killed. Video allegedly shows him chasing teen shooter & throwing something at him. Rosenbaum was a registered sex offender for a sex crime involving a minor. pic.twitter.com/up1VgDyrgZ
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 27, 2020
Rosenbaum’s criminal record:
In the video, he screamed at Rittenhouse as he tried to assault him: “Shoot me nigga”. Well, the motherfucker got his wish.
Now that it is confirmed Joseph Rosenbaum was one of the people shot and killed by alleged gunman Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha, I filmed him earlier in the night taunting the armed civilians, saying, "Shoot me, n***a." pic.twitter.com/Nn2encm78Y
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) August 27, 2020
The third who was shot (& survived) is Gaige Grosskreutz, 26. He's a member of the People’s Revolution Movement. He was filmed chasing after the teen w/a pistol. He was shot at close-range in the upper arm. He has a criminal record that includes being intoxicated & armed w/a gun. pic.twitter.com/U9Q3R7pcPH
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 27, 2020
Huber’s criminal record:
Grosskreutz’s criminal record:
Notice the gun in Grosskreutzer’s hand:
— Sam Parker 🇺🇲 (@SamParkerSenate) August 27, 2020
This is Huber assaulting Rittenhouse:
I’m betting Rittenhouse gets acquitted.