A gender reveal party in Ohio turned deadly on Saturday night when an assailant opened fire inside of a crowded home, killing one woman and injuring eight other people – including three children. Now, police have launched a manhunt to track down the shooter.
The tragic incident took place in Colerain Township and claimed the life of 22-year-old Autum Garrett, WLWT reported. Three children – ages 8, 6, and 2 – were rushed to the Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center for treatment, while the five adult victims were taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. All eight are expected to recover.
One of the victims was a pregnant woman who lost her baby as a result of the injuries she sustained, reports indicated. She was shot in the leg.
Investigators are piecing together the details surrounding the shooting, which targeted a group of family and friends who were gathered for a gender reveal party.
“As of right now, I do not know what instigated this,” said Colerain Township Police public information officer Jim Love. “I do not know how this got started.”
Authorities are looking for two shooters, Love said, noting that detectives were dispatched to the hospital to obtain identifying information from the victims.
“Hopefully there we can get some more information and descriptions, all the information we need to be able to proceed to continue this investigation, hopefully get the people who did the shooting,” he said.
Bystanders described a chaotic scene: “Two guys just came in and shot people in the house. There was little kids hurt and everything. I was sitting in my car. They just ran in and started shooting. There’s a pregnant girl here,” a witness told the Cincinnati Enquirer.