In a tragic incident, a 17-year old was shot multiple times in the head at about 4:45 a.m. on June 18 while he was on the street around the 1900 block of South Loomis in Chicago, according to Chicago Police Department records.

The young man has been identified as Erin Carey, who had graduated a few weeks before from Evanston Township High School.

Five other people were shot, one fatally, in the same shooting incident on Chicago’s west side.

“There were multiple shell casings recovered on the scene which suggests an exchange of gun fire between multiple shooters,” said Anthony Riccio, First Deputy Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department, at a press conference later that same morning. “This is a tragedy. … We are working to find out why these individuals were targeted and what caused the shooting.

“As of this time, none of the non-fatal victims are cooperating with police,” he said, adding, “Detectives are working some very good leads.”

An update from the Chicago Police Department reports that “the incident appears to have stemmed from an overnight party at the above location.”

First Deputy Superintendent Riccio said one of the victims [Mr. Carey] had a “catostraphic injury,” and that paramedics believed him to be dead when they arrived on the scene and covered him with a sheet. They then tended to other victims on the scene.

Some time later, people noticed that Mr. Carey was moving, and he was transported to Stroger Hospital where he was pronounced dead on July 19 as a result of the gunshot wound. The paramedics’ conduct is being investigated.

“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,” said Marcus Campbell, ETHS Assistant Superintendent and Principal, in a prepared statement.

Mr. Campbell’s message to the ETHS community said, “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.”

Services were held for Mr. Carey on June 23 at Progressive Baptist Church, 3658 S. Wentworth Ave. in Chicago.

Larry Gavin was a co-founder of the Evanston RoundTable in 1998 and assisted in its conversion to a non-profit in 2021. He has received many journalism awards for his articles on education, housing and...