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Chicago police officers notify paramedics that teen gunshot victim presumed dead is still breathing


A victim of yesterday’s Chicago shooting in University Village was mistakenly presumed dead by first responders, who prematurely covered him with a sheet and delayed CPR, only to later die at the hospital.

The young man was one of six casualties -the total count being two dead and four injured- in the shooting, which took place at a party in the early Monday morning hours and was related to gang activity. Police report that two vehicles were seen repeatedly circling the block before the attack took place.

Wounded but still living, 17-year-old Erin Carey was shot several times in the head and presumed dead by Chicago Fire paramedics, who covered his body.

According to eyewitness reports from ABC7, the body was shrouded for at least fifteen minutes before paramedics attempted CPR and subsequently transported him to a nearby hospital. The Chicago Tribune would later report that the body had been unattended for over an hour.

The paramedics may not have attempted CPR on Carey had it not been for several locals and police officers, who told them that he was still alive.

“That individual has a catastrophic injury,” Chicago Police First Deputy Superintendent Anthony Riccio told ABC7 at the time. “He was shot in the head and the prognosis is not good. I do understand that paramedics looked at him, believed him to be deceased, covered him with that sheet and moved on to another individual who was nearby who was also shot. They saw motion, movement underneath the sheet. Officers who were present notified paramedics, this man is still alive.”

According to the Chicago Tribune, Carey died earlier this morning. Another woman, 22-year-old Shalonza E. McToy, was killed as well.

Detectives are investigating the incident. During the initial sweeps, a weapon fitting the description of a MAC-10-style firearm was recovered.

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