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What happened to Gaige Grosskreutz’s arm? Injury explained

Kyle Rittenhouse was reportedly “acquitted of all charges” related to the 2020 Kenosha shooting. We take a look at the incident’s sole survivor Gaige Grosskreutz and his arm injury.

During his testimony, Gaige told the jurors that he thought he “was going to die,” when his arm was wounded after Kyle allegedly shot him.

Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, who were also shot, were pronounced dead.

During his testimony on Monday, November 8, Gaige detailed the hardships and long-lasting effects of his injury.

KENOSHA, WISCONSIN - NOVEMBER 08: Gaige Grosskreutz, who was shot by Kyle Rittenhouse, explains as a paramedic how to properly irrigate someone's eye after they have been pepper sprayed, during the Kyle Rittenhouse trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 8, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rittenhouse shot three demonstrators, killing two of them, during a night of unrest that erupted in Kenosha after a police officer shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back while police attempted to arrest him in August 2020. Rittenhouse, from Antioch, Illinois, was 17 at the time of the shooting and armed with an assault rifle. He faces counts of felony homicide and felony attempted homicide. (Photo by Mark Hertzberg-Pool/Getty Images)
Photo by Mark Hertzberg-Pool/Getty Images
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What happened to Gaige Grosskreutz’s arm?

Pictures from the 2020 incident show Gaige holding a pistol in his right hand and his cellphone in the left.

During his testimony, the survivor said that he did not draw the gun “with the express intent of using it” but to be “ready” if the need arose.

Gaige explained his thought process during the incident by saying: “In that moment, I felt that I had to do something to try to prevent myself from being killed or being shot.”

Detailing the aftermath of being shot in the arm, Gaige called it ‘one of the most traumatic experiences of my life.’

The survivor revealed he spent a week in the hospital in emergency care and several months in physical therapy as a result of the wound. He also detailed experiencing lasting weakness, muscle loss and neurological damage.

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KENOSHA, WISCONSIN - NOVEMBER 01: Kyle Rittenhouse arrives for jury selection at the Kenosha County Courthouse as jury selection in the trial begins on November 01, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rittenhouse shot three demonstrators, killing two of them, during a night of unrest that erupted in Kenosha after a police officer shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back while police attempted to arrest him in August 2020. Rittenhouse, from Antioch, Illinois, was 17 at the time of the shooting and armed with an assault rifle. He faces counts of felony homicide and felony attempted homicide. (Photo by Sean Krajacic-Pool/Getty Images)
Photo by Sean Krajacic-Pool/Getty Images

Why was Gaige present at the protests?

The Kenosha protest survivor claims that he was at the protest to provide medical services. He also detailed his medical education and training, and his experience working as an EMT. He further said he was a paramedic for a private ambulance company in Milwaukee.

In the court proceedings, it was established that Gaige was roughly a block away from Kyle when he first heard the gunshots. The sound was a result of the 18-year-old shooting Joseph Rosenbaum.

As Gaige approached the scene, Kyle was confronted by Anthony Huber, who was also shot by the teen.

At this point, the survivor pulled out a gun. A piece of video evidence reportedly shows Gaige stopping and raising his hands while pointing his pistol upwards.

Kyle Rittenhouse acquitted from all charges

Kyle, who was facing five charges – including one count each of intentional homicide, reckless homicide, attempted intentional homicide, and two counts of recklessly endangering safety – was acquitted of all charges.

Following the jury’s verdict, Judge Bruce Schroeder told the court, “The charges against [the] defendant on all counts are dismissed with prejudice and he’s released from the obligation of his bond.”

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