More Details Revealed on Fatal ‘Gender Reveal’ Party Shooting
Police have released more details about a shooting at a party for an expecting mother who was going to reveal the gender of her unborn child near Cincinnati, Ohio.
Two men reportedly opened fire on the party, killing one woman and injuring eight. Colerain Township Police said that shooters fired into the living room where the party was being held. Three children—aged 2, 6, and 8—were injured. The gunfire lasted more than 1 minute, officials said, adding that they fired at random.
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The deceased woman was identified as 22-year-old Autumn Garrett of Indiana, Inside Edition reported.
None of the eight other people who were shot have life-threatening injuries, police said.
A pregnant woman told WKRC-TV that she lost her baby after being shot in the leg.
“I did talk to the officer that was the first one on the scene and he just said it was horrific,” police spokesman James Love was quoted as saying.
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“He said it was something that was unimaginable, and when he started for calling for help, he said, ‘what do I say? I need ambulances, I need people to help me out here,'” Love added.
The suspects are still on the loose. It’s unclear if the shooters knew the victims or what their motivation was. Colerain Township (Ohio) Police Chief Mark Denney told CNN that officials are “not sure if (the suspects) were allowed in or they forced entry at this point … We don’t know who the suspects are and why they did this.”
According to 911 calls released to WCPO-TV, witnesses sounded panicked and confused. “There’s a whole lot of people here are shot,” one man can be heard telling the operator. “I just seen two people walk by, I looked outside, next thing I know they just ran in and just start shooting,” he added.
“There is little kids hurt and everything,” another woman told dispatchers. “I was sitting in my car, they just ran in and started shooting. There’s a pregnant girl here … oh my God.”
A neighbor also called emergency services, CNN reported.
“Ma’am, all I know is, I don’t know what’s going on, all I know is she’s a neighbor. I was at home minding my business and I just heard someone in distress banging on my door and a young lady was bleeding and she said she’d been shot and so had someone else and I just tried to come out and see what was going on,” the person said.