Kyle Rittenhouse's Friend Who Bought Him Rifle 'Didn't Believe the Gunshots' Were His

A friend of Kyle Rittenhouse who bought him the rifle allegedly used to shoot three men, two of them fatally, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year, at first didn't believe Rittenhouse fired the shots, the Associated Press reported.

Dominick Black is accused of purchasing an AR-15-style rifle for Rittenhouse, who was 17 years old at the time. Rittenhouse then went from his Illinois home to Kenosha, where protests over the killing of Jacob Blake by a white police officer were taking place. Rittenhouse said he went to the city to "protect property after two nights in which rioters set fires and ransacked businesses," according to AP.

Rittenhouse is accused of shooting Kyle Rosenbaum, Anthony Huber and Gaige Grosskreutz. Rosenbaum and Huber died from their injuries, while Grosskreutz was severely wounded. The defense is arguing that Rittenhouse shot the men in self-defense.

During his testimony this week in Rittenhouse's murder trial, Black recounted a phone conversation between him and the defendant shortly after the shootings occurred.

"I didn't believe the gunshots were actually his until I got a phone call," Black said, "and I answered it, and he just said, 'I shot somebody, I shot somebody.'"

He also described Rittenhouse as being pale, "freaking out," and "really scared."

While on the stand, Black said that the military rifle was his idea, saying that he thought nobody would want to mess with Rittenhouse if he had one. He also claims that the accused murderer gave out medical aid to wounded protesters before the shootings.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, read below.

Dominick Black Testimony
Dominick Black looks at a group photograph including himself, Kyle Rittenhouse and others, held by Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger, during Rittenhouse's trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 2, 2021, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rittenhouse is on trial for shooting three protesters, two of them fatally. Photo by Sean Krajacic-Pool/Getty Images

Prosecutors played video for the jury that captured scenes of protesters and the sound of gunfire in the street as they began detailing the night Rittenhouse shot three people, two fatally, during a tumultuous demonstration against police brutality.

In one of the bystander videos livestreamed that night by Koerri Washington, a social media influencer from Kenosha, Rittenhouse can be seen running through the frame, carrying a fire extinguisher.

Washington said he followed Rittenhouse because he saw him earlier that evening and thought he seemed like an "interesting figure."

"He just looked young to me," Washington said. "It wasn't anything malicious. Young person, in a situation. And he had his gloves on, and he was smoking cigarettes and stuff."

Shortly afterward, the video captures the sounds of gunshots, including those of Rittenhouse shooting Rosenbaum, the first man killed that night. Washington, who was on a skateboard, said when he heard the shots, he "skated away to safety."

Rittenhouse is at the center of a politically polarizing case that has stirred furious debate over self-defense, vigilantism, the Second Amendment right to bear arms, and the racial unrest around the U.S. in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Rittenhouse, a one-time police youth cadet, could get life in prison if convicted.

During opening statements Tuesday, prosecutors portrayed him as the instigator who set in the motion the night of bloodshed, while his lawyer argued that he acted in self-defense after Rosenbaum tried to grab his gun and others in the crowd kicked him and hit him in the head with a skateboard.

Rittenhouse said he had to do it because "people were trying to hurt him."

Black, who was dating Rittenhouse's sister at the time, testified that he and Rittenhouse had gone to downtown Kenosha to help protect a car dealership after vehicles were burned the night before.

Black said he was on the roof as protesters hurled gasoline bombs and rocks at the business.

Defense attorney Mark Richards portrayed Rittenhouse as the victim, saying Huber was "trying to separate the head from the body" with the skateboard.

Dominick Black on Stand
Kenosha Police Detective Ben Antaramian shows witness Dominick Black an assault-style rifle that Black bought for Kyle Rittenhouse, during testimony in court on November 2, 2021, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Black faces his own trial for purchasing an assault rifle for a minor. Mark Hertzberg/Pool Photo via AP