Teen dies after Chicago paramedics allegedly falsely pronounce him dead, cover him with a white sheet

Chicago Fire Department paramedics mistakenly pronounced a teenager dead as he actually was in life. (Chicago Police Department, Facebook )

A teenager in Chicago died almost a day after he was allegedly shot in the head at a party, is presumed dead, and covered with a white sheet for at least an hour until bystanders saw the 17-year-old to move and began to scream at the paramedics to help him.

Erin Carey suffered a “catastrophic” wound after gunfire broke out at a party in Chicago’s University Village neighborhood just before 5 o’clock in the morning of Monday. Carey was among the six people shot that night, FOX32 Chicago reported.

“He was shot in the head and the prognosis is not good,” Chicago police First Deputy Superintendent Anthony Riccio told reporters on Monday. “I understand that the emt’s looked at him, and believed him dead, covered him with that sheet and moved to an other person that was nearby who was also shot.”

But at least an hour later, the people on the scene started seeing Carey’s arms and legs move.

“He is not dead,” a woman screamed, according to the Chicago Tribune.


Ambulance rushed to Carey’s side and began performing chest compressions, before you put him in an ambulance. He was listed in “extremely critical condition” and was on full life support in the hospital before he was pronounced dead at approximately 1:15 pm and Tuesday.

Fire officials told the Chicago Tribune: authorities are looking for the paramedics’ response on the scene. Riccio said officials saw the move under the white sheet and knowledge of the paramedics on scene.

Another woman, Shalonza E. McToy, 22, was pronounced dead at the scene after suffering gunshot wounds to the head, the chest, the left arm and ear.

Authorities reportedly believe Monday’s shooting to be gang-related. The victims who survived their injuries, his refusal to cooperate with the investigation, according to the station.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam

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