Two people murdered during Kenosha riots, killer escapes, citizens arm up to protect homes and businesses

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KENOSHA, WI – For police, it’s quickly turning into a “worst case scenario”. 

Late Tuesday night, two people were shot and killed and a third person was injured during protests over the shooting of armed criminal Jacob Blake.

Police say the killer is on the run, and citizens are starting to arm up to protect themselves and their businesses.

Wednesday morning, Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth said one victim had been shot in the head and another in the chest just before midnight.

While Beth didn’t know specifically where the other person was shot, video posted on social media showed someone had been shot in the arm.  Those injuries are now considered to be life threatening.

It happened on Sheridan Road in the heart of Kenosha near the Froedert South hospital building.

The area was filled with protestors walking up and down the road, as they’d just been forced there after being kicked out of Civic Center Park.

Social media footage showed people scattering as gunshots rang out, with many hiding behind bushes along the hospital fence line.

A video that’s been widely shared shows a man sprinting into the parking lot of Bert and Rudy’s Auto Service at 63th Street and Sheridan Road carrying a long gun.

Multiple gunshots are heard after someone pursuing him appears to throw something toward him.

In a second video, you can see a gunshot victim lying in the parking lot.

That appears to be the man who had been pursuing the gunman – and the person has been shot in the head.

Bystanders were applying pressure to the wound to try and stop the bleeding before then carrying the victim across Sheridan Road toward the hospital.

In other videos, you see what appears to be the same man wielding a long gun while running north on Sheridan Road, being chased by people screaming that he shot someone.

At one point, he falls to the ground and fires the gun at people who seem to be trying to disarm him… then shoots two of the people, one in the torso and one in the arm.

The person shot in the arm then ran, bleeding heavily and screaming for medical help.  More gunshots come moments after.

A person who was live-streaming the whole thing helped the victim with tying a tourniquet around his arm.

Then the gunman is seen running north toward several police tactical vehicles with his arms raised, according to video footage… but they raced past him.

Beth said it’s unclear if there was more than one shooter.

Police did not release the names, ages and cities of residence for the victims and say they’re still trying to provide positive identification.

Beth said that although nobody has been arrested yet, he believes at least one person would soon be brought in based on video footage police have reviewed.

“I feel very confident we’ll have him in a very short time,” Beth said.

The shooting came on the third night of violent protests in the city which have resulted in countless windows being burned, windows smashed and stores looted.

Beth said the investigation is being done in coordination with the FBI.

“We’ve got a lot of resources that are helping us pull this stuff together,” Beth said of the shooting investigation.

Tuesday night, about 250 law enforcement officers and 250 National Guard members were in the city to try and stop the anarchy.

Beth also said people who appear to be part of a militia have been patrolling the streets in recent nights, but he didn’t know if that person was one of those individuals.

“They’re a militia,” Beth said. “They’re like a vigilante group.”

A Journal Sentinel writer reported earlier in the evening that there was a group of armed men with long guns standing guard at a dry cleaning business on Sheridan Road near 59th Street, with a number on the roof.

Although police yelled at them to get down, a person responded “Officer, this is our business” and they were allowed to stay.

Prior to the shooting, someone from Kenosha reportedly suggested to Beth that he deputize ordinary citizens to help contain the unrest – something he refused.

“I said, ‘There’s no way I’m doing that,’” Beth said.

They’re asking that anyone who witnessed the shootings contact the Kenosha Police Department Detective Bureau at 262-605-5203, or for those who wish to remain anonymous to contact Kenosha Area Crime Stoppers at 262-656-7333.

Police are also asking for videos and photos of the incident that may not have already been circulated on social media.

In the meantime, Breitbart news reported that armed citizens are attempting to stop rioters, arsonists, and looters from destroying anymore businesses. Field reporter, Jorge Ventura, of the Daily Caller was at the scene when armed citizens were attempting to stop the rioters.

In a video posted on The Daily Caller Twitter feed, three armed men were seen standing outside a local business. The person video recording the three men went up asked them if they were here to protect the building. One armed male said:

“We’re out here trying to protect residents, we’re trying to protect the innocent people and we’re trying to protect the businesses of the citizens out here. We’re not trying to protect the government. You want to tear down those lampshades, go for it I guess.”

While the video continued another armed male yelled:

“I’m on your side, as long as you’re against the cops but you can’t burn down your local businesses.”

Ventura observed various acts of violence and vandalism such as a furniture set on fire by a mob, a dozen or so vehicles were set on fire by arsonists, and the neighborhood was disturbed by explosions due to fuel tanks being set on fire.

The National Guard was deployed to quell the chaos across Kenosha, Wisconsin.

In a different video, posted by Reddit, a car dealership is shown with broken windows when an armed citizen walked over and yelled:

“Get the f*** away from the businesses. These people rely on this s** to live.”

The person who filmed the video said that the armed citizens are not part of the National Guard and are “on the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protest side, but they don’t want people looting.”

The protests and riots are in protest to the shooting of black Wisconsinite, Jacob Blake, by police officers on Sunday afternoon.

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers (D) stood in commonality with the protestors referencing the officer involved shooting, still being investigated, as “another attack against a black man” and claiming racism as a “public health crisis.”

Governor Tony Evers commented:

“As folks across our state are making their voices heard, they should be able to assemble and report on these issues without any fear of being unsafe. If you are exercising that right, please do so peacefully, wear your masks, and keep physical distance as best you can.”

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The Kenosha Professional Police Association President, Pete Deates commented on Gov. Evers statement of criticism of the police officers involved in the shooting of Blake. He called it:

“Wholly irresponsible and not reflective of the hardworking members of the law enforcement community, not to mention the citizens of the City of Kenosha.”

Pete Deates made a statement:

Anytime deadly force is used, our hearts go out to those affected by it.  We assure you an independent investigation is being conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation.

Until that investigation is completed, we ask that you withhold prejudgment about the incident and please the let process take place. Governor Evers’ statement on the incident was wholly irresponsible and not reflective of the hardworking members of the law enforcement community, not to mention the citizens of the City of Kenosha.

As always, the video currently circulating does not capture all the intricacies of a highly dynamic incident. We ask that you withhold from passing judgement until all the facts are known and released.

We, along with the citizens of the great City of Kenosha, ask for peace and to let the process play out fairly and impartially.”

TownHall.com reporter, Julio Rosas posted a video of him interviewing an armed resident protecting local businesses. Rosas said:

“This is the moment I mentioned earlier. These armed citizens said they support the protests but not the riots because people are hurting their own community. Later on, as a car dealership was under attack by rioters, one of the armed men stepped in and stopped it.”

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We are battling over the very soul of our country. We are fighting for our families. And we’re on the brink of losing America.

This editorial is by Kyle S. Reyes, the National Spokesman for Law Enforcement Today.  It’s a modern refresh of a previous editorial he wrote… and touches on the desperate tipping point America is facing right now.

While you were fighting over who among you was more “woke” and which company to boycott … we lost our country.

While you were arguing with coworkers over who would leave the country first if Trump/Biden were elected, the “American Dream” perished.

Don’t believe me? Then perhaps ALL is lost. And I can prove it all to you through the eyes of a child.

The screens around our house in the past couple of weeks stand in stark contrast to what’s in front of them.

The television … the laptops … the iPads … the cell phones … filled with images of the riots.  The violence.  The hatred.  

Just a few months ago, when everyone was working from home – or unemployed – signs were put up around the community thanking police.  People cheered and put out Tweets and Facebook images of first responders doing “birthday parades” for little kids.

Now, angry Americans are taking over police departments, shooting cops, pelting them with bricks and bottles of urine and demanding that we abolish them.  The images are on certain channels – others ensure you just see the “peaceful protestors”.

Broadcast on the same tv stations are the sounds of tone-deaf leaders. Of anger. Of hatred. Of hurt. Of fear.  Of race-baiting, dividing rhetoric and alienation.

In front of those screens run our little daughters.

They are the greatest blessings a young family can have.  Filled with innocence, love, joy and our hopes for the future.

What brought a lull in that media noise?

Hearing our pastor give a sermon.

He usually preaches about love. Faith. Hope. But there was a different dynamic in this message.

There was a different energy.

This time, he talked about the end of times.

He’s far from being an alarmist. Just the opposite. But this particular service, he spoke deeply and heavily about being prepared. “For we know not the hour … ”

He wasn’t trying to frighten people. But he also understood that he couldn’t be tone-deaf to the deep concerns of his flock.

It’s hard not to be afraid. It’s hard not to have an underlying anxiety. It’s hard not to wonder and pray over whether your children will have the same opportunities you did.

Growing up, I paid close attention in history class. And I’ve always felt a very deep sense of patriotism. I’ve always felt great respect for my country and believed that if, God forbid, we ever faced World War III, America would once again triumph.

Perhaps my fear, and the anxiety of so many others, is that we were wrong.

We were wrong because of one simple line that I believe may have been written wrong. It should have read, “One Nation, Divisible After All.”

Have we ever faced a time when our country was so polarized? Have we ever faced enemies so dangerous? Have we ever been on such a precipice that a frightening and painful energy radiated through each of us, tying us together in some disturbing, unifying, powerful and yet simultaneously divisive way?

I’m angered to see that we live in a country where we have gone soft. We’ve become hypocrites, and we’ve become pansies.

We forget that our grandfathers stormed beaches to protect freedom. Instead, we demand that the freedom now come in the form of a shelter from hearing words we don’t like.

Our friends and family alienate us because of who we vote for.

We try and put companies out of business because how DARE they not support the Marxist organization Black Lives Matter.

We doxx people and put their families in danger because they dare to support law enforcement.

We don’t question it when ‘leaders’ tell us to stay away from church.  Stay away from family.  Stay away from friends.  Wear a mask.  Don’t worry about not having a job.  And we don’t bat an eye as the country rapidly marches – or rather sprints – towards the socialism that’s the destruction of a nation.

We give out trophies to kids who come in 8th place. Eighth freaking place.  And then we let them take over part of an entire city – Seattle – and play house, allowing rapes and murders to happen in the city while police are kept out.

We dig up the graves of people who have been dead for a hundred-plus years because they had something to do with the Confederate flag, and that offends someone NOW.  Then we destroy statues and give “get out of jail free” passes to the people who did it.  LITERALLY get out of jail free passes.  We have celebrities and politicians starting funds to bail criminals out of prison.

We allow politicians to hijack the country and spend our tax dollars chasing their personal agenda of impeaching a President simply because they don’t like him.  Then we have the party that’s supposedly the same as the President who sit around silently while the country burns. It seems as if both parties forgot what they were supposed to be doing and whom they are supposed to be representing.

We pick sides and parties and teams and defend them to the ends of the Earth, ignoring the facts, pointing the fingers and hoping someone else will cover the cost of our skyrocketing and borderline pointless health insurance.

We talk about the number of homeless vets who we have to feed and clothe and house when it’s convenient for us to leverage them like pawns in a game – yet tomorrow, so many will forget to feed and clothe and house them.

We ignore the simple facts about our dangerously open borders and the lack of a vetting process for refugees, then we stand in horror as ISIS attacks and we ask our politicians how they could have let this happen. And then, of course, we put a fast lane in for more to cross the border.

We put in place more gun laws to prevent the bad guys from doing bad things. Because for some reason, we believe that bad guys give a damn about laws and that giving them an open shooting range on a military base or school campus will somehow protect our citizens. But then we completely ignore the massive problem of mental health in this country. We’re more worried about the tool than we are the person.

Hell – not only do we ignore the problem of mental health – we double down on it but crashing our economy, putting millions out of work and then confine them to their homes.

We cry out that police are our enemies … and then we beg them to protect us from the likes of ISIS.

We are talking about DEFUNDING police while telling them that they do a lousy job training.  Because the solution to that is making sure they have less money, right?

We have a massive audience talking about ABOLISHING police.

Let that sink in.

We celebrate court rulings with rainbow flags that speak volumes about how far we’ve come and how inclusive we are as Americans … then we tell our neighbors to remove their American flags and stop saying “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Hanukkah” because it offends us.

We send billions of dollars overseas to help the homeless in impoverished and war-torn nations while we cut the funding for our own food banks and homeless programs.

We get into fistfights about “under-inflated balls” while gorging ourselves on beer and wings at football games … while millions of Americans wonder how they’re going to pay their mortgage and put food on the table for their families.

We fight tooth and nail over whether someone dying of stage four pancreatic cancer should be allowed to use medical marijuana while drugs like heroin are running rampant in our schools.

Schools that apparently kids will have to wear masks in, if they ever reopen.

We teach kids that there should be no boys section or girls section at the store, but our kids notice that we won’t sit down with our neighbor for a beer because they have a different skin color and we’re too busy fighting over what is and isn’t racism.

We hold massive rallies demanding $15/hour for flipping burgers … but we sit quietly on the sidelines when our men and women protecting our country who make $11/hour aren’t getting paid because Congress is debating their funding.

We’re told if you go to a protest over the government shutting down your business, you’ll be arrested because it’s a health threat.  We’re told if you go to a Trump rally, you don’t care about making people sick.  We’re told if you go to a violent riot and torch buildings, you’re a social justice warrior.

We’re terribly focused on what matters to us as individuals. Marriage. Cell phones. Birth control. On and on and on. We’re so worried about what matters to “me” that we forgot that in order for us to have a “me” … we have to first have an “us.” A safe “us.” A unified “us.” An “us” that can at least find some kind of middle ground.

Tomorrow is a new day. So tonight, before bed, we pray … just a little harder, perhaps, than we’ve prayed before.

We put our daughters to sleep and shut off the television. The internet. The phones. The iPads. All screens but the black and white monitor where we can see nothing but innocence.

And for a moment, just one fleeting, precious moment, we’re once again one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

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