A mass shooting at a gender reveal party may not have been random.
According to several news outlets, authorities in Ohio believe that the shooting—in which one woman was killed and eight people injured—may have been drug-related.
As previously reported, three children and six adults were shot at what was purported to be a gender reveal party. Twenty-two-year-old Autumn Garrett of Indiana died at the scene. Witnesses claimed that two men in hoods came into the home, started shooting and then quickly fled.
Police in Colerain Township said the shooting was "in no way random," per Fox 19. They now believe that the attendees at the event on July 8 had connections to three different drug rings.
"From the start of this investigation, our detectives have met significant resistance from several of the victims and witnesses. This resistance involves the purposeful omission of key information and the fabrication of stories," Colerain Township Police Chief Mark Denney shared in a news release Tuesday. "This affects the credibility of our witnesses should they be needed to testify and prolongs the investigative process. The harm that this has caused the investigation cannot be over-stated."
For instance, Cheyanne Willis, the supposedly expectant mother hosting the party, claimed that she lost her unborn child during the incident. Later, it was revealed that she was never pregnant.
In an interview with People prior to the police announcement, Willis' sister even underscored her excitement to be a mother. “That information [regarding Willis’ pregnancy] is not provided to embarrass anyone, only to provide a fair understanding of the challenges we have faced in the past nine days," police shared.
No arrests have been made. An anonymous donor has offerered a $10,000 reward for information related to what happened.
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