A newly emerged video has shed light on the incident that resulted in the shooting of a man inside a fast-food restaurant in Chicago. According to prosecutors, the footage provides a more comprehensive account of what occurred at Maxwell Street Express on June 18. Carlishia Hood, 35, and her 14-year-old son were charged with first-degree murder after Hood allegedly encouraged her son to bring a gun into the restaurant during an argument with 32-year-old Jeremy Brown at the pickup window. Notably, Hood and Brown were not acquainted.
During the altercation, Hood reportedly texted her son, who was waiting outside in their car, and gestured towards Brown, as revealed by Assistant State’s Attorney Anne McCord. A female customer present at the scene laughed at the argument, further provoking Brown.
Subsequently, Hood’s son entered the restaurant with his hands concealed in his hoodie pocket, McCord explained. The situation escalated into a physical altercation, with Brown striking Hood in the head multiple times near the pickup window.
McCord alleged that after the initial punch, Hood’s son retrieved a firearm from his hoodie and allegedly shot Brown in the back. It is worth noting that Hood possesses a valid concealed carry permit.
However, a new video that surfaced, seemingly recorded by a bystander, captures Brown repeatedly threatening to harm Hood, punching her once, pausing momentarily, and then delivering two additional punches before a gunshot is heard.
The footage begins with Brown shouting, “Lady! Get your food!” The hood appears to instruct Brown to return to his car, to which he responds aggressively, clenching his right hand and warning, “Get your food! If you say one more thing, I’m gonna knock you out.”
The exchange of words continues for a few seconds, during which Brown utters, “I’m gonna knock you out,” and lands a forceful punch on Hood, who is out of the camera’s view.
As the third punch is thrown, a gunshot rings out. Brown flees from the restaurant, with Hood’s son pursuing him, according to McCord. Allegedly, Hood ordered her son to shoot and kill Brown as he attempted to escape. The prosecutor further claimed that the boy continued firing at Brown, resulting in his fatal injuries.
McCord also stated that after ceasing to shoot at Brown, Hood pointed out a female customer who had laughed at the argument and instructed her son to shoot her as well. However, he did not comply. McCord added that Hood then tried to wrestle the gun away from her son, but he maintained control of the weapon.
Hood and her son turned themselves into the police on Wednesday after the Chicago Police Department released portions of the restaurant’s surveillance video in hopes of identifying the woman and the gunman. Notably, neither Hood nor her son have prior criminal records. Hood’s defense attorney stated that she works as a crossing guard for the city of Chicago and volunteers at New Hope Church, organizing activities for children.