A prosecutor says Kyle Rittenhouse was ‘the only person who killed anyone’ in Kenosha unrest.

The trial began with a prosecutor portraying the teenager as a tourist who inserted himself into fiery unrest in Kenosha and initiated the confrontation that led him to shoot three men.

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Kyle Rittenhouse’s homicide trial began Tuesday morning with a prosecutor portraying the teenager as a tourist who inserted himself into fiery unrest in Kenosha last year and initiated the confrontation that led him to shoot three men, killing two of them.

“Like moths to a flame, tourists from outside our community were drawn to the chaos,” said Thomas Binger, an assistant district attorney, in his opening statement.

Mr. Binger pointed to Mr. Rittenhouse as he said, “The evidence will show that the only person who killed anyone was the defendant, Kyle Rittenhouse.”

Mr. Rittenhouse, who was 17 and living in Antioch, Ill. at the time of the shootings, faces charges including first-degree intentional homicide.

Mr. Rittenhouse’s lawyers have said they will make a self-defense case for their client, and the case will turn on the question of whether Mr. Rittenhouse reasonably believed he had to fire a weapon to avoid being badly hurt or killed. Again and again, Mr. Binger returned to the fact that the only killings that occurred during several days of unrest in Kenosha were committed by Mr. Rittenhouse.

“When we consider the reasonableness of the defendant’s actions, I ask you to keep that in mind,” he said.

Mr. Binger largely focused on the first shooting that took place, of Joseph Rosenbaum. Mr. Binger, said the evidence would show that the fatal shot hit Mr. Rosenbaum in the back after he fell forward following earlier shots to his pelvis and leg.

The prosecutor said infrared video taken from an airplane by the F.B.I. that evening will show that Mr. Rittenhouse chased Mr. Rosenbaum before shooting him. He noted also that Mr. Rittenhouse was carrying a medical kit, but fled after shooting Mr. Rosenbaum as others tried to offer emergency assistance.

Mr. Rittenhouse, dressed in a dark suit with a maroon shirt and tie in court on Tuesday, looked on quietly as the trial got underway, occasionally yawning.

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