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CHICAGO -- A 17-year-old boy has died a day after being shot several times at a party on the Near West Side.

The shooting happened just before 5 a.m. Monday on the 1300 block of South Loomis Street in the city's University Village neighborhood. Police said people were attending a party when shots were fired during a gang dispute.

Police say Erin Carey was shot several times in the head. Carey was originally mistaken for dead and covered with a sheet until bystanders noticed him moving and told paramedics.

(Erin Carey, 17)

Paramedics administered CPR to the boy, who was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition. It was at least 30 minutes before he was taken away by ambulance.

The Chicago Fire Department is investigating whether paramedics followed proper protocol in treating Carey.

Police say a woman was pronounced dead at the scene. She has been identified as 22-year-old Shalonza McToy.

Four other people were shot.

No one is in custody.

Carey had just graduated from Evanston Township High School. The school released the following statement regarding his death:

The Evanston Township High School family is deeply saddened by the loss of a member of our Class of 2018, Erin Carey, who passed away on June 19, according to the Chicago Police Department. An investigation is ongoing.

Many of our students and staff will have a difficult time dealing with the loss of a fellow Wildkit. A list of community resources is available on the ETHS website: The ETHS Student Services Department will provide drop-in grief counseling during Summer School hours for Summer School students seeking support.

We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Erin’s family and friends, our students, and staff. Additional information regarding services may be available according to the family’s wishes.


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