A Romeoville man followed another man from an anti-violence dinner and shot him at a red light near Goose Island in March, prosecutors said Saturday. The alleged victim survived but is paralyzed below his midsection.
Karem Hood, 43, was ordered held without bail by Judge David Navarro on one count of attempted first-degree murder.
The 49-year-old victim and Hood, who have known each other for about 15 years and had “minor issues” in the past, attended the Soul Food Sunday anti-violence event in Englewood on March 28, prosecutors said.
At the dinner, Hood had a disagreement with some of the victim’s acquaintances in the kitchen and gave the victim a dirty look before leaving in a dark vehicle, according to prosecutors. The victim left about 30 minutes later with two other attendees who need rides. After dropping off the second passenger at a train station around 8:30 p.m., the victim called his daughter to make plans for later in the evening.
As he did, the victim looked in his rearview mirror and saw Hood sitting in a car directly behind him at a stop signal on the 1300 block of West Division, prosecutors said. He allegedly told his daughter that Hood was there and “something was weird,” a prosecutor said.
Hood allegedly drove up on the passenger side of the victim’s car and began firing. The victim remained stationary at the traffic signal until another driver pulled up and noticed he had been shot, prosecutors said. That driver called 911.
A police department license plate reader confirmed that a vehicle registered to Hood’s home address was in the shooting area at the time of the incident, prosecutors alleged.
Assistant Public Defender Anne French argued that police reports indicate the victim said Hood’s car was behind him before he was shot, but the victim did not say Hood was there, “which is two very different things.”
Hood is the sole caretaker for his 73-year-old mother, who has health concerns, French said.
According to prosecutors, his most recent felony conviction, for manufacture-delivery of cannabis, is more than 10 years old. Hood also has a 1998 conviction for burglary, they said.
He is due back in court on July 19.