Father Wants To Know Why Gunshot Victim, Still Alive, Languished Under Sheet

Steve Miller
June 20, 2018 - 4:30 pm

Erin Carey /courtesy of family

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The father of Erin Carey says he wants to know why his 17-year-old son was left in the street, partially covered with a sheet, as paramedics tended to other gunshot victims early Monday on the Near West Side.

Erin Carey had been shot in the head and then covered with a sheet. Later, people standing nearby noticed he was moving. He was taken to a hospital and died the next day.

Eric Carey, the teen’s father, said he thinks the Chicago Fire Department’s paramedics "dropped the ball." 

"If they seen my son laying there with a gunshot wound to his head, you don't throw a sheet over his head and walk to the next person,” said Carey, who teared up as he spoke to reporters at his lawyer's office on Wednesday.

Eric Carey (WBBM Newsradio/Steve Miller)

"I cry in little spurts like that because I don't have the time to sit here and boo-hoo all day long. I don't have that luxury. I've got things to do,” he said. "I have to take care of my family, and I have to find justice for my child."

Carey said he wants answers now. He’s considering legal action.

The Chicago Fire Department has said the paramedics are under investigation.