Egged on by mom, 14-year-old boy killed man at Chicago restaurant: prosecutors

Editor’s note June 25, 2023: Video of the altercation surfaced on social media Saturday, two days after prosecutors filed charges.

June 26, 2023: Prosecutors today dropped all charges against Carlishia Hood and her son.


CHICAGO — Prosecutors on Thursday accused a Chicago woman of encouraging her 14-year-old son to shoot two people during an altercation at a fast food restaurant over the weekend, resulting in one man being killed.

The boy did not shoot the second person. Now the mother and son are both charged with first-degree murder.

“It is, in this court’s opinion, highly disturbing that the defendant would encourage her 14-year-old son to be armed with a firearm and fire shots at a victim on the streets of Chicago,” Judge Barbara Dawkins said during Carlishia Hood’s bail hearing on Thursday. She ordered Hood to pay a $300,000 bail deposit to be released on electronic monitoring.

Assistant State’s Attorney Anne McCord told Dawkins that Hood, 35, stepped inside Maxwell Street Express, 11656 South Halsted, to order food late Sunday night.

Her son remained in the car, and Hood, a concealed carry holder, left her firearm in the glove compartment, McCord said.

While Hood stood at the order counter, 32-year-old Jeremy Brown arrived at the restaurant, and the two began arguing. They had never met before.

Carlishia Hood (left) and surveillance images from restaurant surveillance video. | Chicago Police Department

During the altercation, Hood texted her son outside and pointed at Brown, McCord said. A female customer laughed at the argument and egged Brown on.

Moments later, Hood’s son entered the store with his hands in his hoodie pocket. McCord said the argument turned physical, with Brown punching Hood in the head at least three times near the pickup window.

After the first punch, Hood’s son drew her firearm from his hoodie and shot Brown in the back, McCord alleged.

Brown ran from the restaurant, with Hood’s son following. Hood ordered her son to shoot and kill Brown, McCord alleged. She said the boy continued firing at Brown, who died of his injuries.

The entire event was recorded on high-definition video with audio. Chicago police released snippets of the video this week as they tried to identify the suspects.

When the boy stopped shooting Brown, Hood pointed toward the female customer who laughed about the situation and instructed her son to shoot her, too, McCord said. Hood tried to wrestle her gun from her son when he didn’t go after the woman, but he maintained control of the weapon.

Hood and her son, who have no criminal histories, surrendered to police on Wednesday. Her defense attorney said she is a crossing guard for the city of Chicago. She also volunteers at New Hope Church, organizing children’s activities, the lawyer said.

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