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.. pic.twitter.com/7RDaZUn7PR— Marcus. (@Marcus_OTF) June 18, 2018
Responding to a deadly shooting in Chicago's Near West Side neighborhood, paramedics placed a sheet over one of the victims, who, it later turned out, was still breathing.
Seventeen-year-old Erin Carey was shot in the head multiple times. A woman was also pronounced dead at the scene and four other people got injured.
As soon as paramedics arrived, they initially presumed Carey dead and placed a white sheet over him. He lay on the ground in that position for an undetermined amount of time.
But there are reports onlookers begged them to take the sheet off as he appeared to be moving. "He ain’t dead," a woman reportedly pointed out.
Officers also saw Carey moving under the sheet on live video.
"He is responsive, he just moved on the camera, moved his head from side to side, so he's not dead," an officer said while reacting to live footage.
It took paramedics several minutes to perform chest compressions on the teenager, who was later taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died.
Chicago Fire Department Commissioner Jose Santiago and Larry Langford, a CFD spokesperson, said they were investigating the incident.
“We are reviewing dispatch recordings, phone calls and our paramedics to determine what did led to the patient being left under a sheet when he had not been pronounced dead, and in fact had life signs despite a traumatic wound from which he could not recover,” Langford told the press.
Meanwhile, people were outraged over the negligence that eventually led to Carey's death:
Chicago PD and paramedics... SLOPPPY— jay gonzalez (@lovelyyJayyy) June 19, 2018
are you fucking kidding me https://t.co/sEYHEFEojl— ???? (@Mr1738) June 18, 2018
My god. This country is in shambles.— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) June 18, 2018
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