Chicago Fire Department paramedics mistakenly identified a shooting victim on Monday morning death when he was actually alive.
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A Chicago teenager who was shot on Monday morning reportedly had a white sheet placed over him by paramedics who mistakenly thought he was dead.
After about 20 minutes, she realized that he was still alive and transported him to the hospital, reports said.
The 17-year-old, who was shot multiple times in the head, was thought to be the second victim in a shooting that also five people injured in a University Town, the neighbourhood, according to ABC 7.
The station reported that the plate covers the teen for at least 15 minutes before witnesses on the scene informed officers that the boy was still alive, prompting the Chicago Fire Department paramedics to perform CPR.
“They saw movement, movement under the sheet. Agents who were present signed, paramedics, this man is still alive,” a Chicago police official told the station, while noting that the “prognosis is not good.”
He said paramedics thought the teen was dead, and covered him with a sheet before going on to another shooting victim.
The boy was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he remains in extremely critical condition, the station reported.
The fire commissioner said at the station that they are “trying to piece it all together” to determine how the teenager could have been mistaken for death.
The authorities suspected that Monday’s shooting to be gang-related and that the victims who survived their injuries, his refusal to cooperate with the investigation, according to the station.