The man who was filmed firing the first shot just before Kyle Rittenhouse shot and killed two attackers during the 2020 Kenosha riots is now reportedly charged with armed robbery and other criminal acts.
Reports say Joshua Ziminski and his wife Kelly Ziminski were both participants in the August 2020 riots that led to the incident with Rittenhouse. The riots began as protests over the police shooting of an armed Black suspect, Jacob Blake.
According to the Kenosha County Eye, both were charged with armed robbery, armed burglary, false imprisonment, intimidation, and ID theft on Monday night.
Well, well, well. Joshua Ziminski, the "man" who fired the first shot in Kenosha after teaming up with Joseph Rosenbaum to ambush a 17-year-old carrying a fire extinguisher has been charged with multiple violent felonies. @ThisIsKyleR https://t.co/nMBs3Sv6tu
— 📰 Media Accountability Project 🇺🇸 (@media_tmap) September 13, 2022
Joshua Ziminski was taken into custody after the Kenosha riots on a gun charge as well as arson. He allegedly had a role in setting a trailer on fire during the unrest.
Video showed Ziminski firing a gun into the air as then 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse ran for his life while being threatened. The shooter was charged several months after the riots and was released on bail earlier this year. He was awaiting trial on the previous charges when arrested Monday.
Under attack, Rittenhouse then shot three people who chased him. Two of them, Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, died.
Prosecutors charged Rittenhouse with multiple counts of first-degree intentional and reckless homicide in the shootings along with the wounding of Gaige Grosskreutz. But much to the left’s dismay, the jury found that the young man was defending himself against the rioters.
He had faced life in prison with no parole.
Rittenhouse lived in Illinois but worked in Kenosha as a lifeguard where his father lived. He told law enforcement that he had agreed to help provide protection from rioters to businesses in the area.
The domestic terrorists in Kenosha were not those valiantly defending life and property. Instead, they were rioters using any pretext to loot, assault, and destroy whatever they could get away with. Ziminski is a shining example of the protesters who wanted to burn the city to the ground.