A 14-year-old boy shot a guy while protecting his mother and chased the attacker down. Allegedly, the mother told her son to kill the man as he fled. The following is probably the most complete timeline of events that’s been published.
The following is the information from the initial court documents:
Court documents say that Hood went into Maxwell Street Express to get food while her son waited outside in the car on Sunday, June 18th. Shortly after that, Jeremy Brown, 32, walked into the diner, and Hood and Brown got into a fight. Prosecutors said Hood was texting her son from the store to tell him something. Her son walked into the restaurant while his mother and Brown were arguing.
The disagreement quickly became physical as Brown repeatedly hit Hood in the head. The docs say that Hood’s son pulled a gun and started shooting at the Brown. A bullet hit Brown in the back.
Brown fled from the restaurant, but the teen followed him and continued to shoot. The boy shot Brown twice in the back, and Brown died at the scene.
Afterward, Hood allegedly turned her focus to the witness and told her son to shoot them. Court papers state Hood tried to take the boy’s gun, but the boy pushed her away. The two then got into their car and drove away.
On Wednesday, Hood and her son turned themselves in and were arrested. Neither Hood nor the boy has any documented criminal history. Prosecutors charged the mother with felony murder and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Prosecutors charged her 14-year-old son with felony murder.
At the time, this heavily edited video was all the police released.
Viral Video Hits Social Media
Then the following Saturday, a video surfaced on social media showing the brutal attack. I rarely let myself get sucked into social media, but since it was local and I had a lot of questions, I posted them, and 56k views later. Here is the result.
I'm a firearms instructor in multiple states, including Illinois. As soon as the thug took off, he was no longer legally a threat.
We may not agree with it, but that's the law.
The kid does not have a good defense, claiming the guy "might" return. There are lots of factors…
— LetsTalkDefensiveGunUse (@LetsTalkDGU) June 25, 2023
I still have lots of questions.
- What did the text say?
- Where are the full videos, not edited clips?
- Why was there a struggle over the gun, and where’s that video?
- How did the prosecutor justify the kid chasing someone and continuing to shoot with the other, yelling to kill the guy when the guy was no longer a threat?
Legally, you may not chase someone down if they’re no longer a threat in Illinois. As much as we all think he deserved it. Can we all go chasing someone for payback after this? If so, the crime rate will drop. The kid coming to the mother’s aid is legal. Chasing the guy down, not so sure.
- Why was it reported she told her kid to kill the guy, and did that really happen?
- Did the prosecutor rush to judgment and got their facts wrong?
- There were security cameras inside and outside of the restaurant, but we do not see what led up to it and only bits and pieces. Why was that all that was released?
A lot of evidence is available that would help everyone figure out what happened and learn from it.
I’m 100% for the right to defend yourself, but this story has drastically changed. As far as the kid protecting his mother, I get it, and someone with a CCL legally owned the gun.
If a cop did this, would everyone feel the same right now?
The guy hitting her was a scumbag and paid the price. “FAFO.” The bystander who egged it on should be charged. Let’s make an example of her for group participation.
The optics of this case don’t add up.
I still have lots of questions.
-What did the text say?
-Where are the full videos, not edited clips?
-Why was there a struggle over the gun, and where's that video?
-How did the prosecutor justify the kid chasing someone and continuing to shoot with the other yelling to kill the…
— LetsTalkDefensiveGunUse (@LetsTalkDGU) June 28, 2023
Lawsuit Filed Against 5 Police Officers
Now, this has turned into an expensive screw-up on the city’s part, and the mother has filed her case against the city and five of the officers for damages. She DID NOT include the prosecutors in the lawsuit.
Was justice served all the way around, and will this impact future cases?
What are your thoughts and opinions?
Should she win the lawsuit or get a settlement?
It would be great if everything was released, and people wouldn’t have to speculate.