Girl, 6, sees father shoot mom’s new boyfriend out­side school

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - CHICAGOLAN­D - By Rose­mary Sobol rsobol@ chicagotri­

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.

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