Teen shot in covered with sheet, initially presumed dead

CHICAGO -- A woman was killed and five other people wounded in a shooting in Chicago Monday morning and one of the wounded was initially presumed dead, Chicago police said.

The shooting took place in the University Village neighborhood at about 4:45 a.m. and stemmed from a party, police said. Two vehicles were driving around the block several times when someone started shooting, police said.

One of the shooting victims appeared to be still alive when his body was covered in a sheet. The 17-year-old boy was shot several times in the head and presumed dead by Chicago Fire Department paramedics.

The victim appeared to still be breathing underneath the sheet and witnesses at the scene were telling officers that the man was still alive.

"That individual has a catastrophic injury," said Chicago Police First Deputy Superintendent Anthony Riccio. "He was shot in the head and the prognosis is not good. I do understand that paramedics looked at him, believed him to be deceased, covered him with that sheet and moved on to another individual who was nearby who was also shot. They saw motion, movement underneath the sheet. Officers who were present notified paramedics, this man is still alive."

The teen was covered by the sheet for several minutes before paramedics began doing chest compressions and placed him in an ambulance. He was transported to Stroger Hospital in very critical condition.

A woman between 20-25 years old was pronounced dead at the scene with multiple gunshot wounds. Police said she was found in the 1400-block of South Washburne Avenue.

A 21-year-old man was shot in the leg and 23-year-old man was shot in the arm. Both were transported to Stroger Hospital in stable condition, police said.

A 25-year-old man shot multiple times in the abdomen and was transported to Mt. Sinai Hospital by his girlfriend and is in stable condition, police said. A sixth victim, a 21-year-old man, was discovered at Rush Hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg. He was treated and released.

Area Central detectives are investigating and a weapon, possibly a Mac-10, was recovered from the scene. Police said there are several surveillance cameras in the area.

Police said none of the surviving shooting victims are cooperating with investigators and the shooting is believed to be related to an ongoing gang dispute in the area.
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