Elementary school staff members rushed to aid a man who was fatally shot Friday morning outside an elementary school in Austin on the West Side.
Richard Buick, 30, was in the driver’s seat of a vehicle about 9:30 a.m. when a gunman approached him and fired shots outside of Moving Everest Charter School in the 400 block of North Laramie Avenue, Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.
Buick was struck multiple times in his body, according to officials, who said the shooting may have been domestic in nature.
As shots rang out, two staff members inside the school rushed to the street to help Buick, according to the school’s executive director Mike Rogers.
“They tried to reach inside the car and administer CPR,” Rogers said. He said the employees were a school nurse and a staffer who was a former paramedic.
As they performed CPR, the car remained in drive and moved across the street before crashing into two poles, Rogers said.
Buick was pronounced dead at the scene, and one of the employees was taken to a hospital for evaluation, officials said. Rogers said the staffer was not hurt in the crash, but was taken to a hospital as a precautionary measure.
An autopsy Saturday said Buick died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the medical examiner’s office. His death was ruled a homicide.
The school was placed on lockdown and remained so as police searched for the shooter, Rogers said. According to a police spokesperson, detectives believe they know the shooter, but he’s not in custody.
The school’s social worker was already meeting with children, and extra counselors were being called in to help, Rogers said.