A July 8th gender reveal party in the Colerain suburbs of Cincinnati, Ohio, ended tragically after two men opened fire during the event, murdering one and wounding eight people, including three children. Now, the investigation in the aftermath of the shooting has taken a strange turn after local police have revealed the woman who was staging the gender reveal, Cheyanne Willis, was not even pregnant at the time of the event despite, posting on Facebook that she was expecting a boy.
Cheyanne Willis (pictured with friends) was one of the eight people shot at her gender reveal party, but it has now transpired she was never pregnant
The Cincinnati Enquirer has printed the statement of Colerain Police Chief Mark Denney who says police don’t have an explanation, only speculation, about why Willis claimed to be pregnant. The 21-year-old announced she was pregnant with a boy on Facebook only hours prior to the shooting.
Police are yet to identify the suspects or their motive. In a statement, they have said their investigation is being impeded by “leads known to be lies” and resistance from the victims.
Cheyanne Willis was shot in the leg and treated at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center before she was released. A family member who was also shot had claimed that Willis was no longer pregnant after the shooting and she had told local media she lost her unborn child after she was wounded.
“We have been given information we have found to be false,” the Police statement from the 14th of July reads.
“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”.
The attackers who wore hoodies entered through the front door while the party guests were watching a film and opened fire for one-to-two minutes before fleeing on foot
Autumn Garrett (left) was killed in the attack while her husband was hit in the head but is said to be responsive
Cheyanne Willis pictured inside her house with friends and family before the shooting
According to the authorities, at least 14 rounds of ammunition were fired during the shooting in the house on Capstan Drive in Colerain Township, a suburb west of Cincinnati.
“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,” the statement from the police continues.
‘The Colerain Police Department will not comment further on any other misleading information, other than to say we wish our time had been spent on true leads that would help us remove these dangerous criminals from the streets. We ask that those with information to respect the fact that resources will be used to follow up on every lead or tip. Providing misleading information only makes the task of solving this crime more difficult.”
Authorities are asking anyone with information in regards to the shooting to call the Colerain police at 513-321-COPS or text them at 513-470-7165. There is a $10,000 reward in the case.