Tess Owen of Vice News spoke with classmates of Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse this week after the 17-year-old opened fire and killed two people who were protesting police brutality with an AR-15.
One classmate named Joe described Rittenhouse as a “ride or die” Trump supporter.
“If you said anything bad about Trump, he’d threaten you,” Joe said. “Kyle was the type of kid to wear a MAGA hat or other apparel just for attention, or to ‘trigger’ people.”
Another classmate, who chose not to be names, claimed that Rittenhouse already had his mind made up to kill someone in Kenosha.
“I personally believe he went to Wisconsin with the intent to kill,” the classmate said.
“He went to middle school with my little sister and she said that everyone always thought of him to be a possible future shooter,” said Joe, “and so did I when I met him in high school.”
Some of his former classmates described him as short-tempered and easily offended – and had joked that he was a future mass shooterhttps://t.co/u6r8tGiH2d
— Tess Owen (@misstessowen) August 27, 2020