The paramedic seriously wounded last year by Kyle Rittenhouse said Thursday he was unnerved watching “your would-be murderer” on the witness stand.
Gaige Grosskreutz, the only survivor of three people Rittenhouse shot on Aug. 25 last year in Kenosha, Wisconsin, watched the 18-year-old testify in his defense on Wednesday and called it an emotional experience.
“Well I think any time you see your would-be murderer on the stand, it’s emotional,” Grosskreutz told ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
Rittenhouse sobbed uncontrollably on the stand, prompting the judge to call for a recess at one point. He testified that he was protecting private property in Kenosha and providing first aid before his fatal confrontations with Anthony Huber, 26, and Joseph Rosenbaum, 36.
Grosskreutz, a paramedic from suburban Milwaukee, was also in Kenosha, offering medical services, that night.
Grosskreutz had a gun in hand when he approached Rittenhouse, but said he wasn’t threatening the teen when he was shot.
“I think the most important thing to remember is that Kyle Rittenhouse was an active shooter, he murdered two men, and he attempted to murder me,” Grosskreutz said.
Testimony resumed Thursday in Rittenhouse’s trial with the defense bringing a use-of-force expert to the witness stand.
John Black, a military veteran and former sheriff’s deputy, said even video footage of Rittenhouse shooting the three men doesn’t fully show what the defendant faced that night.
Black asked jurors to focus on different points of the courtroom while also trying to watch him drop a pair of glasses out of his hand.
“We have the luxury of hindsight. We have the luxury of going back and taking a single frame,” Black told jurors. “But we have to remember what was the limitations of the actors involved. What were they looking at? What could they even have seen? What were they attending to? What was happening to them?”
Emma Thorne contributed.