Charges Dropped Against 14-Year-Old Chicago Boy Who Fatally Shot Man Punching His Mother

Carlishia Hood

Charges have been dropped against a 14-year-old boy who fatally shot a man caught on video punching the boy’s mother in a Chicago restaurant.

The New York Post reported that 35-year-old Carlishia Hood and her 14-year-old son were both charged with first-degree murder after the son shot and killed 32-year-old Jerry Brown on June 18, 2023.

The Post noted, “Hood and Brown had gotten into an argument while waiting for food and the mother allegedly texted her son, who was waiting in the car, to come help her.”

The son entered the hot dog restaurant–Maxwell Street Express–and shot the Brown with his mother’s firearm.

Hood was arrested and held on a $3 million bond while the son was held “without bail.”

However, a video taken inside the restaurant shows Brown punching Hood, resulting in all charges being dropped.

On Monday, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office issued a statement, which said in part:

Based upon our continued review and in light of emerging evidence, today the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office has moved to dismiss the charges against Carlisha [sic] Hood and her 14-year-old son. Based upon the facts, evidence, and the law we are unable to meet our burden of proof in the prosecution of these cases.

ABC 7 noted that Hood has subsequently filed a lawsuit against “the city of Chicago and five police officers,” claiming she was “falsely arrested and maliciously prosecuted.”

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio and a Turning Point USA Ambassador. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal in 2010, a speaker at the 2023 Western Conservative Summit, and he holds a Ph.D. in Military History, with a focus on the Vietnam War (brown water navy), U.S. Navy since Inception, the Civil War, and Early Modern Europe. Follow him on Instagram: @awr_hawkins. You can sign up to get Down Range at Reach him directly at


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