People Are Shocked And Livid After A Paramedic Placed A Sheet Over A Teen Shooting Victim Who Was Still Breathing

Erin Carey, 17, eventually succumbed to his injuries and died. Witnesses reportedly begged Chicago police and paramedics to remove his sheet.

A 17-year-old teen from Chicago was presumed dead after a shooting early Monday. A paramedic had even covered him with a sheet — but he was still alive and breathing. The Chicago Fire Department is now investigating for potentially "grossly negligent" behavior.

A deadly shooting erupted in Chicago's Near West Side neighborhood around 4:50 a.m. Monday morning, injuring four victims and ultimately killing two.

One of the victims, later identified as Erin Carey, was initially presumed dead as soon as paramedics showed up on the scene and placed a white sheet over him.

However, onlookers reportedly begged police to take the sheet off of Carey, as he appeared to still be breathing and twitching. "He ain’t dead," a woman reportedly yelled.

Police dispatchers can be heard reacting to live footage of Carey at the scene. "He is responsive, he just moved on the camera, moved his head from side to side, so he's not dead," an officer said over the radio.

Larry Langford, the director of media affairs at the Chicago Fire Department, told BuzzFeed News they are actively investigating the incident to identify the paramedic who first tended to and triaged Carey, and "why a white sheet was placed over him."

Paramedics eventually performed chest compressions on the teen after removing the sheet, but he'd been laying on the ground with the sheet over him, seen breathing heavily, for an undetermined amount of time.

This man was shot at 4:30 this morning in Chicago and they had his body covered up as if he was dead. Paramedics didn’t even try to save him until someone pointed out that he was still breathing smh..

Langford said Carey was shot in the head and "in very bad shape" and was the last of the victims to be transported to the trauma center at a local hospital.

A woman in her twenties who's not yet been identified was pronounced dead at the scene. Four other victims with gunshot wounds were rushed to the hospital and were eventually treated and released.

Online, people are outraged and baffled over the incident.

are you fucking kidding me

"My god. This country is in shambles," comedian Chelsea Handler tweeted in response.

@Marcus_OTF @MichaelSkolnik My god. This country is in shambles.

Carey did not survive and died 20 hours later in the hospital on full life support, medical examiners confirmed to the Chicago Tribune.

Langford said his department is actively looking at phone calls, radio traffic, "who took what assignments," and "all the data we can gather," to determine how Carey could have been mistakenly presumed dead.

"We have to figure out if someone did something that was grossly negligent and if it was a mistake," he told BuzzFeed News. "We don't know yet who did what."

He said they have not heard from Carey's family.



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