On July 8, a “gender reveal” party was coming to an end when two men wearing masks entered the home in Colerain Township, Ohio, where it was taking place and began shooting.
According to WLWT in Cincinnati, 14 shots were fired inside the living room of the home, wounding eight and killing 22-year-old wife and mom of two, Autumn Garrett.Screenshot/GoFundMe
Reports stated that Garrett had planned to leave the party early but had decided to stay behind and watch movies with family members instead.
According to initial reports, the party started around 4 p.m. Roughly 30 guests celebrated with 21-year-old Cheyanne Willis as she revealed she was pregnant with a baby boy.
The shooting didn’t occur until most of the guests had left. As WLWT reports, eyewitnesses told investigators that the two gunmen never said a word; they just simply walked in and opened fire.
Willis was one of the eight injured in the attack. She suffered a gunshot wound to one of her legs. Following the attack, Willis told the media that she lost the baby as a result.
However, as new information began coming in, police started noticing inconsistencies in the statements they were given.
For example, according to WLWT:
Some witnesses told police the shooters were wearing blue and green hoodies. Other witnesses reported the shooters were in all black.
But the biggest bombshell of all was the fact that Willis was never pregnant in the first place.
Police have released the following statement regarding the inconsistencies:
Sadly, the police department, media and public, have been given information we have found to be is false. Hours and days have been wasted following leads known to be lies when they were provided to our officers. From the very beginning of this investigation, we have met significant resistance that is uncommon from victims of crime wanting a resolution.
As an example, we were led to believe an unborn child was murdered in this incident only to find out that was not the case. That information is not provided to embarrass anyone, only to provide a fair understanding of the challenges we have faced in the past nine days.
They are saying that they can only speculate as to why Willis would have lied about being pregnant.
The police are now asking for the public’s help as they continue to search for the suspects involved in this case.
Thankfully, all of those who were wounded have since been released from the hospital.
According to The Cincinnati Enquirer, in December 2015, a recording of Willis being assaulted by an ex-boyfriend and another woman was posted on Facebook.
The two suspects in that incident were arrested but were never prosecuted.
So far, no arrests have been made in connection to the shooting. Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to call or text tips to 513-470-7165.