Police in Colerain Township, Ohio say the woman who hosted a gender-reveal party where nine people were shot wasn't in fact pregnant when the incident occurred. Cheyanne Willis, 21, claimed to have a miscarriage after getting shot in the leg at the party where another young woman lost her life. Police spokesman Jim Love, however, said the pregnancy itself was a hoax, according to Cincinnati’s WCP0 9. Complicating matters further is the fact that Willis has a dubious history as a viral video star.
Willis told friends and family she was pregnant and even appeared in Facebook photos with a distended stomach. On July 8 she hosted the party with the intention of revealing the sex of her unborn baby. The celebrations came to an end just past 11 p.m. when two hooded gunmen walked through the front door and unloaded at least 14 rounds at party goers gathered around a television set watching a Spider-Man movie. Cincinnati.com reports three children and six adults were shot, including 22-year-old Autumn Garrett, who died at the scene. The gunmen said nothing, nor took anything before fleeing. The following day, Willis told reporters from WCP0 off-camera that she had lost her baby as a result of being shot, a claim family members backed up.
Colerain Township Police Chief Mark Denney, however, says their inquiry into the shooting has been has been hampered by differing accounts and disinformation. "From the very beginning of this investigation, we have met significant resistance that is uncommon from victims of crime wanting a resolution," he told WCP0. He also said investigators time has been "wasted following leads known to be lies." Among those lies is the fact that Willis wasn’t pregnant at the time of the shooting. Denney went on to say he wasn’t trying to embarrass Willis by revealing this fact, but shared the information in order to give the public "a fair understanding of the challenges we have faced in the past nine days."
Curiously, this is not the first time Willis has made national news. In 2014 a video of Willis being beaten up by another girl went viral. In it her hands are tied and the words “I got my ass whooped” have been written on her forehead in magic marker. Willis’ then-boyfriend Quincy Gardner and a woman named Cheyenne Fischer were arrested in connection with the incident, however, never prosecuted. The investigation into the shooting on July 8 is ongoing.