A teenager Kyle Rittenhouse was arrested and charged with homicide after gunfire killed two people and wounded a third during protests over the police shooting of a Black man name Kenosha in the US state of Wisconsin.
All these comes after three nights of unrest in Kenosha following the shooting of Jacob Blake.
Shooting Jacob Blake, 29, in the back at close range, caused the lakeside city has been rocked by civil unrest since Sunday.
The incident, captured on video, has reignited protests over racism and police use of force in the US, and prompted the Milwaukee Bucks – an NBA team from Wisconsin – to boycott a play-off game.
Announcement was made for curfew beginning on Wednesday 7pm (23:00 GMT), an hour earlier than the night before.
Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, was arrested on a warrant in the neighbouring state of Illinois and charged with first degree intentional homicide in Kenosha, a lake county court official said.
Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis confirmed that a 17-year old from Antioch, Illinois was in custody in another state and efforts were being made to bring him back to Wisconsin.
Miskinis said, i can’t explain what led to disturbance or led to use of deadly force.
He added, the events surrounding Blake’s shooting were being investigated by the criminal division of the Wisconsin Department of Justice “to give it the outside view”, and that he had no knowledge of the investigation as mandated by Wisconsin law and procedure.
The civil protested marched, drove cars and honked horns in Kenosha on Wednesdaynight and early Thursday as protested continued.
The protests were mostly peaceful, in contrast to the violent clashes that marked earlier nights of demonstrations.
On Tuesday night, two people were killed in an attack carried out by a young white man, alleged to be Rittenhouse, who was caught on a mobile phone video opening fire in the middle of the street with a semi automatic rifle.
“I just killed somebody,” the person could be heard saying at one point during the shooting rampage that erupted just before midnight.
While one victim was shot in the head and the other in the chest, Sheriff David Beth told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. A third person suffered gunshot wounds not believed to be life-threatening.
Report claimed that the dead were identified only as a 26-year-old Silver Lake, Wisconsin, resident and a 36-year-old from Kenosha. The wounded person, a 36-year-old from West Allis, Wisconsin, was expected to survive, Kenosha police said.
From the video footage, police apparently let the gunman walk past them and leave the scene with a rifle over his shoulder, members of the crowd were yelling for him to be arrested because he had shot people.
Everybody chanting ‘Black lives matter’ at the gas station and the next thing we heard, boom, boom, and told my friend, that’s not fireworks,’ 19-year-old protester Devin Scott told the Chicago Tribune.