A teenage boy died early Tuesday, more than 20 hours after he was shot in the head at a party on the Near West Side and his body covered with a sheet as paramedics treated others who were hit by gunfire.
Erin Carey, 17, was among six people who were shot after two cars circled the party around 4:50 a.m. Monday in the 1200 block of South Loomis Street in the University Village neighborhood, Chicago police said. A woman, 22, was also killed and four men were injured.
Carey’s body was covered by a white sheet for at least an hour as paramedics tended to other victims. People at the edge of the crime scene began yelling as his arms and legs twitched.
“He ain’t dead,” a woman cried, as others shouted at the boy to get up.
Paramedics began performing chest compressions and lifted him into an ambulance. He was taken in “very critical condition” Stroger Hospital on full life support, according to police and fire officials.
Carey was pronounced dead at 1:14 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He lived in the 200 block of South Lockwood Street.
Fire officials said they were looking into the response of the paramedics, who triage patients when responding to a 911 call and decide which ones to treat first.
Chicago Police First Deputy Superintendent Anthony Riccio said the teen had suffered a “catastrophic” wound.
“He was shot in the head and the prognosis is not good,” Riccio told reporters Monday. “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.