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Rittenhouse was not attacked at a gas station before the fatal shootings.
There is no evidence that the gas station where he had gone before the shootings is owned by his grandparents.
Had Kyle Rittenhouse been protecting his grandparents’ gas station before fatally shooting two people during a violent protest in Wisconsin, it would have been a key part of his claim of self-defense.
Rittenhouse was acquitted in the shooting. But there is no evidence to back a widely shared claim on Facebook that "the gas station where it all started and where Kyle stayed up until they started attacking him is owned by his grandparents."
Rittenhouse, then 17, went from his home in Illinois to Kenosha, Wis., in response to protests that erupted after a white Kenosha police officer shot a Black man, Jacob Blake, during an Aug. 23, 2020, arrest. On a self-described mission to protect property, Rittenhouse was at the protests on Aug. 25, 2020, armed with an AR-15 rifle, when he shot three people, two fatally.
Rittenhouse was charged with five felonies, including reckless homicide and reckless endangerment, and pleaded not guilty on grounds of self-defense. On Nov. 19, 2021, a jury acquitted him on all charges.
During his testimony at his trial, Rittenhouse said that his grandmother is among family members who live in Kenosha. There was no mention of his grandparents owning a gas station in Kenosha.
In describing his actions on the night of the shooting, Rittenhouse testified that at one point, he was at the Ultimate gas station. He said that as he walked from Ultimate to go to a car lot to put out fires, he was "ambushed," and then fired shots.
There is no evidence that Rittenhouse’s grandparents owned the station. He had left the station before the shootings occurred.
We rate the post False.
Facebook, post, Nov. 20, 2021
Snopes, "Did Rittenhouse’s Grandparents Own Gas Station in Kenosha?", Nov. 22, 2021
Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions, Ultimate Stop LLC, accessed Nov. 24, 2021
Rev.com, "Kyle Rittenhouse Testimony Transcript Homicide Trial November 10," Nov. 10, 2021
PolitiFact, "Fact-checking claims about Kyle Rittenhouse, shooter in Kenosha, Wis., protests," Nov. 17, 2021
Kenosha News, "Civil unrest, curfew costing gas stations thousands in lost revenue," Aug. 31, 2020
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