Girl, 6, sees father shoot mom’s new boyfriend outside school
A 6-year-old girl witnessed her father fatally shoot her mother’s new boyfriend outside an elementary school on the West Side, according to Chicago police.
The shooting happened about 9:30 a.m. Friday as the mother, holding her infant daughter, was walking the girl to the Moving Everest Charter School while the boyfriend waited in a parked SUV, police said.
As Richard L. Buick, 30, sat behind the wheel, the girl’s 27-year-old father walked up and fired a .40-caliber handgun, hitting Buick several times, police said. The baby, the girl and her mother were not hit.
A teacher at the school, Andrew Scott Musso, 42, was in a hallway with a colleague when he heard three loud bangs.
Musso said he first helped students get to safety, then ran outside with a nurse.
They saw a woman near the SUV, screaming for help, and Buick slumped over in the driver’s seat. The front windows were “blown out.’’
Musso, a former firefighter and paramedic, said he relied on “instinct’’ and his emergency training. The nurse began CPR while Musso hopped into the front passenger seat and worked on getting the driver out.
“I looked at the gentleman in the driver’s seat and he looked to be in a bad shape. I looked for a pulse and couldn’t find one,’’ Musso said.
Buick’s foot slipped onto the gas pedal and the SUV jolted forward. “It went like all the way down, so the wheels were squealing,’’ Musso said.
Crouching in the passenger seat, he said he grabbed the wheel and began steering, weaving past police officers and pedestrians who had gathered at the scene.
“It was pedal to the metal, going very fast. I looked at a police officer straight in the eye and the car was going right at him and I just swerved, trying not to hit people,’’ Musso said. “I saw a guardrail … those things are designed to get hit … so I just slammed it into the guardrail and it stopped.’’
The SUV came to rest near a parking lot of the In and Out Food Mart at 401 N. Laramie Ave. Musso said when officers got to him, there was some confusion because they weren’t sure who he was until bystanders began hollering: “No, he was helping!”
Buick was pronounced dead at 10:14 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. An autopsy Saturday found he died of multiple gunshot wounds.
The suspected gunman remained at large Saturday night. Authorities have alerted a fugitive apprehension team, police said.
Buick’s girlfriend had filed an emergency order of protection against the suspect on Jan. 16, 2018 and it remains in place, Cook County records show.
The suspected gunman, from Chicago’s West Side, was arrested in March for violating the order, but the charge was dropped the next month, records show. He was convicted of resisting or obstructing a peace officer during an arrest in March 2014. A charge of domestic battery was later dropped, records show.