Baby Waved, Smiled at Shooters just before they Shot, Killed, 24-year-old Mother Brittany Hill

(Sun Times Wire) Moments before two men opened fired on a young mother holding her infant child earlier this week in Austin, the 1-year-old held up her hand, smiled and waved at them as they drove up, prosecutors said.

Despite that, 39-year-old Michael Washington fired from the passenger seat of the Chevrolet Impala into the group of people the mother was standing with shortly before 9 a.m. in the 1200 block of North Mason, authorities said.

Brittany Hill, 24, was almost immediately struck by one of the bullets in the abdomen, but was able to keep hold of her child and then turned to shield her baby from further gunfire, prosecutors said.

Washington and 23-year-old Eric Adams, who was driving, stopped the car, a silver Chevy Impala, got out and continued to fire at the fleeing victims, prosecutors said.

As the others in the group ran off, Hill staggered away and fell at the back of a parked car, where she continued to shield her daughter, prosecutors said.

Judge John F. Lyke Jr. denied bail for both men when they appeared at an initial hearing Thursday at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on charges of first-degree murder in Hill’s death.

Lyke called the shooting “chilling, mind-boggling and utterly senseless,” and appeared to choke up as he recounted how Hill had protected her baby.

“This mother, even though shot, was still trying to protect her child,” Lyke said.

Hill’s 1-year-old daughter survived the attack and Hill’s actions to protect the girl as she faced the violent onslaught have been praised as heroic.

Prosecutors said the shooting was captured by Chicago police POD surveillance cameras and that Washington and Hill could both be clearly seen in the footage.

The apparent targets of the shooting are believed to be the people Hill was standing with when the shots rang out, authorities said. Hill had been talking with her daughter’s 23-year-old father, who was seated in a parked car in the block, and with two other men, ages 19 and 26.

Once Washington and Adams finally left, prosecutors said the 23-year-old father could been seen on video surveillance head back to his car with a gun and chase after the shooters, who he eventually lost sight of in Oak Park.

A passerby picked Hill up in their car and rushed her to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, but she was pronounced dead shortly after arriving, authorities said.
The Impala’s license plate was matched to a recent traffic stop in which Washington was the driver, prosecutors said.

Washington and Adams, both of Urbana, were taken into custody five hours after the shooting in the downstate city, authorities said.

When Chicago police called to alert authorities they were looking for Washington and Adams, Champaign police told them they were preparing to stake out Washington’s Urbana home in order to serve a search warrant of their own in connection with a drug investigation, prosecutors said.

Both men arrived back at the home about 2 p.m. Thursday and were driving the car allegedly used in the shooting, as well as wearing the same clothes as the offenders recorded on video surveillance, prosecutors said. The search of the home resulted in police seizing 62 grams of marijuana, 1.4 grams of heroin, a ballistic vest and $1,300 in cash.

Neither man is a stranger to the criminal justice system, prosecutors said.

Washington has nine felony convictions, including for a 2004 second-degree murder charge and a 2001 battery charge that was reduced from attempted murder in a plea agreement, prosecutors said. He was on parole for a drug conviction at the time of the shooting.

State Department of Corrections records show he was paroled in March 2018 after serving time at the Lincoln Correctional Center.

Adams, prosecutors said, is currently serving a two-year probation sentence after he was convicted of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon last year.

Attorney William Luby, who represented both men at the hearing, said Washington was employed full-time, lived with his sister and has a ninth-grade education. Adams completed the 11th grade, lives with his mother and was employed in various temporary staffing positions, he said.

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  25 comments for “Baby Waved, Smiled at Shooters just before they Shot, Killed, 24-year-old Mother Brittany Hill

  1. Chadell
    June 1, 2019 at 10:23 am

    Omg what is this world coming to I couldn’t help but to cry after reading this she is a amazing mom through all that she still protected her child. Her child will forever be grateful and hurt by what happen to her mom why are there so many heartless ppl in this world now they could’ve said there is baby out here don’t shoot but they cared less about that they should be put on death row for this one and the friendly baby even waved at them so they seem the child praying for this family right now glad they caught these creeps

    • Tasha
      June 3, 2019 at 6:50 am

      It’s ridiculous that people can’t talk about the problem that they have with that person. They always want to fight or shoot. It’s a sad said world

    • Robert Mugan
      June 3, 2019 at 11:23 am

      These streets are crazy n now this lil baby will grow without her mother, I pray for the mother too Rest In Peace. And hope those guys never see the streets again.

    • Angela S Sanders
      June 3, 2019 at 11:54 am

      Chadell, I must agree. This is a tragedy and a senseless killing. I wonder if the mom would have survived if the baby’s father would have tended to her by putting her in the car immediately after and taking her to the hospital. Instead, he took off after them, chasing them with a gun and left her there. SMH – Why didn’t he check on her and the baby? This story is disturbing to say the least. Praying that justice is served by letting them rot in jail for the rest of their pathetic lives. No parole, life in prison until they die. I think giving them the death penalty would be nice, but too easy letting them off the hook that way. They should suffer!

      • Bree
        June 5, 2019 at 8:06 am

        It wouldn’t make a difference… as soon as he pulled off she was immediately put into a car.

    • Andrea Wallace
      June 3, 2019 at 4:20 pm

      She was what a Mother means .A protector ……God bless her soul.and I pray for her family as they heal

  2. Ebony
    June 3, 2019 at 12:06 am

    Why is ppl so careless and so fucking cold hearted that mother didn’t deserve that and the daughter didn’t deserved to see that happen to her mother now when she gets older she gone be without a mother and traumatized for he rest of lil precious life fuxk me I’ve ron this one right god bless her family and her daughter

  3. Mary
    June 3, 2019 at 5:22 am

    It sure would be great if there was a death row in Illinois. These criminals have nothing to fear anymore. The rich can move away. The rest of us just dodged and duck our way through the day.

  4. Love
    June 3, 2019 at 6:22 am

    Needed the death row for this one.This world is full of hate and people’s needed to get it together and turn there lives over to God for help and guide. Praying for the families and my condolences go out to u and the families. God love u .

  5. Tabatha
    June 3, 2019 at 9:23 am

    I ask God to pray and keep all children in your hands and eyes i wish there was real avengers out here to kill these creeps because both of them could’ve been still locked up from previous charges. Brittany the mother was being a super mom she protected her child with her and i Thank God the baby is safe. These self centered people and cowards like these two men deserve nothing but torture and a long life of slaying in desert with no water no food. Oh my goodness i can not do anything but cry while typing this. God we your people need you!!!

  6. Tosha Lassiter
    June 3, 2019 at 9:24 am

    My God lord we need you now prayers for the family my condolences to you all

  7. Sharon Lewis
    June 3, 2019 at 9:47 am

    One if the suspects committed murder in 2004 and out already. Then recently he was charged with battery. The justice system need to be investigated. When a person take a life they should see daylight. Change the law

    • Liticia
      June 4, 2019 at 6:39 am

      I agree the justice system has failed another family god help us all

  8. Debbie
    June 3, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    Praying for those children. This young mom didn’t deserve to die so savagely. Hope those pos’s suffer for eternity for all the senseless and evil acts they’ve committed against innocent lives. They have taken a mom away from these precious children and for that THEY WILL ROTT. THIS MOM WAS SO BRAVE AND STRONG TO SHIELD HER CHILD FROM THE GUNSHOTS AND FOR THAT SHE WILL REMAIN A HERO IN MY BOOK.

  9. Helen Mcfarland
    June 3, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    Prayers go out to this little your mom protected you to the fullest prayers go out to the mom rip gone but not forgotten you will always be your daughter Angel

  10. Tamika Humphrey
    June 3, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    Omg senseless and cruel smh.this just brought tears to my can a person be so cruel and shoot in a crowd of innocent ppl especially with a child nearby.I have children of my own and this is heartbreaking ,cold hearted and cruel

  11. Una
    June 3, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    Just pray pray

  12. Unknown
    June 4, 2019 at 1:55 am

    I’m so sorry that happen, may she rest in peace and justice prevail.

    • Minuet
      June 5, 2019 at 6:58 pm

      I saw the video yes the baby waved and they had so much evil and hate in their hearts and still shot her. She was so much in pain you can tell she forced herself to try to walk a lil bit before she fell. Her friends took her in the car the baby got up as if she was going to follow her mom someone came outside n got the little girl. Damn this is sad. I’m just wondering what happened why did she get shot????????

  13. Jenny Williams
    June 4, 2019 at 11:14 am

    They need to let them both be tortured and beaten and watch wat hiddious crime they have committed slowly watching wat they have done day by day slowly and slower no food ,no water ,no air ,no nothing periodtttttt. They need to really and I mean really suffer for this and other crimes that they have committed. My heart pures out for the mother bless her soul and especially for her precious little daughter. It sickens me yes very much. He’ll let me at they asses . I guarantee they would be begging for mercy and crying out bad. Just let me. I’m sick from this and heart and as if I knew the mother and child. My heart goes out to her family and her daughter. May GOD bless them and wrap his arms around them. And see that justice willbe served to the fullest.

  14. Theresa James
    June 5, 2019 at 12:59 am

    Need to bring in heavy force to each home an unanouce check for guns and drugs. Check every vehicle and every thug. Bring in the army national guards. Yes the state has the money especially the government cuz they always burn old money and make money therefore it can be done… Eveybody need to get involve in there neighborhoods.

  15. Theresa James
    June 5, 2019 at 1:37 am

    Chicago needs national guards and more policemen who love and devoted to there job on the streets really the tasks Force also Minnesota cuz Chicago ghettos are running here. People let’s get involve in our neighborhood and things we see and notice things that’s happening before our eyes and kno the criminals who we see Thats trouble. Neighborhood and neighbors we can go undercover no one has to know families nor friends no one has to know that’s how we keep our neighborhood and I City safe if we don’t come together nothing won’t get solve. We see we report anonymously you have kids we have kids that’s protect our kids out here in the streets. Let’s bring peace to our City states in communities. Because it could be your loved ones or your family that get hurt just accidentally so let’s help no one has to know who’s saying what. Thank you.

  16. Bones
    June 5, 2019 at 10:00 am

    The Chicago and black Chicago and young black Chicago neeed stop and getting cleaning the fucking mess up in their dirty place. Get a life and get the fucking brighten future. So now I heard it again and again. There is no good dead to me in their place for that. It’s the history “Michael Jordan champs”. Come. What’s wrong with yalllll on this world?????? Blackism people need think twice. But notice that anything. Some black people did not think straight twice than one time. Get the fucking clean upppp in damn Chicago City. You are toooo many down than USSSSS. PLUS YOU ARE A BLACK AMERICAN. HOW COULD YOU BE STUPID ALOT LATERLY Than GENIUS PEOPLE. ????? This is real BIG EMBARRASSMENT AND EMOTIONAL.

  17. A Mommy too, fed-up wit this shit
    June 7, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    These monsters, especially Washington, should NOT have been on the street. That fuck served how long less than 4 years for another murder, n had his freedom once again, that victim is gone 4EVER this mommy gone FOREVER. The “justice” system let this fuck out with 9 fucking felonies n a murder to get out n murder some more, that’s justice? Whoever running that fucking mess needs to be charged with this murder as well!! N the fucks who let the other one loose for a weapons charge, they got real lucky catching his evil ass before it was an assukt or murder n just “a weapons charge” should have kept his evil ass alot longer. N Actually rehabilitate a mother fucker before u cut him loose to do this shit. I hope each if their p.o.’s ,judges whoever feel guilty as fuck for letting this shit go down it’s ur fault too. N for I’m possitive are countless other murders n crimes that u have a hand in for being a bunch of non caring lazy ass bitches!

    • Thumper
      June 19, 2019 at 1:02 am

      Mommy you are right the justice system is totally fucked. It is called the lack of patience in a system full of offenders by judges, prosecutors and the legislative systems of the cities, states and federal governments. These police officers when they make an honest arrest put these criminals in jail to be charged by the prosecutors. Prosecutors build the dockets with charged individuals numbers on top of numbers of individuals. Some criminals have good paid for attorneys, but the bigger majority have public defenders which are non -paid for city, county, state federal attorneys making their monies through the systems they work for. Now this is where the problems begin because these public defenders are saddled with a case load that is impossible! These public defenders are running from court room to court room, case to case and can not even give a good showing in court. These public defenders can’t even separate their notes from case to case/court room to court room without mixing their notes and presenting the wrong case in the courtrooms! So these
      prosecutors and the public defenders offices get together and decide ” let’s cut down the cases, the case loads and the time it takes to adjudicate by sitting down and negotiating a lesser charge that is within the range of the original charge! In doing so and they know that it is wrong, they cut down on the courtrooms time, get a guilty plea from the offender, make a deal for a smaller sentence for said offender with time for “good behavior” as a possible and he is sent away for short periods! He gets out on probation time and more than likely reoffends! ” There is no such thing as rehabilitation in this prison system in this country because an offender will never get a good job or even a job once out 93% of the time! There are no programs to help offenders from corporate themselves into society and it is getting even worse each year! That Mommy is the way these criminals keep offending at a level that gets worse and worse each crime until it’s murder! Washington, Chicago, New York, Philedelphia, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama and so on. This is how little criminals become medium criminal, medium criminals become large criminals and large criminals graduate to MURDERERS…

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