A Chicago teenager who was shot in the head several times stunned paramedics when he began breathing and moving underneath the sheet they placed on his body, according to reports.
Erin Carey, 17, was eventually pronounced dead after being shot along with five other people, including a woman who was killed immediately, about 4:45 a.m. Monday, ABC Chicago reported.
Carey was hit multiple times in the head when someone started blasting from two vehicles driving around a University Village neighborhood, according to the news outlet.
First responders believed the teen was dead, so they covered him with the sheet.
But several minutes later, a paramedic noticed him moving, so he uncovered him and rendered first aid.
“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,” Police First Deputy Superintendent Anthony Riccio told reporters, according to ABC station WLS.
“Officers who were present notified paramedics, ‘This man is still alive,’” he said. “That individual has a catastrophic injury. He was shot in the head, and the prognosis is not good.”
The teen was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died at 1:19 a.m. Tuesday, officials said.
Riccio added that he did not know how long he lay covered by the sheet before he was discovered to be still alive.
According to Chicago EMS protocols, paramedics triage patients when responding to a 911 call.
Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago said officials still don’t know how the teen was mistaken for dead.
“We’re looking into it right now. We’re trying to piece everything together. We’re looking at the computers where they put down all that information. Paramedics put down that information,” Santiago said.
Riccio said several shell casings found at the scene suggest an exchange of gunfire from multiple shooters.
A woman identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office as Shalonza McToy, 22, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Three men in their 20s who were wounded were listed in stable condition Tuesday, while a fourth was treated and released.
The shooting stemmed from an argument at a party, police said.
None of the survivors were cooperating with police and the shooting was believed to be related to an ongoing gang dispute in the area.