Gender reveal parties have become a new fad, and the intention of these gatherings is supposed to be joyful and celebratory. Unfortunately for the party goers attending a Colerain Township gender reveal in 2017, the party turned out to be a deadly set-up. Nine individuals and one dog were shot on July 9th, but police have finally tracked down and arrested three suspects connected to the incident.
According to investigators, the gender reveal party that ended in a shootout was a total scam. The alleged mother-to-be, Cheyanne Willis, was never even pregnant. Initially, media outlets and the police reported that Willis had tragically lost her baby during the ordeal, but police later found out that the information was false. Instead, it appears the fake gender reveal party was set up intentionally, and the shooting was likely drug-related.
Over 14 shots were fired into the living room that night. Autumn Garrett passed away from her gunshot wounds. Three children, two men and four other women were also injured by bullets.
Detectives worked tirelessly to get to the bottom of this case, but they ultimately looked into several false leads that delayed the investigation. The Police Chief of the Colerain Township Police Department, Mark Denney, explained that multiple witnesses were uncooperative, and others intentionally hindered the investigation by giving misinformation.
After nearly a year and a half, police have finally arrested three suspects believed to be connected to the case. 28-year-old Roshawn Bishop, 21-year-old Michael Sanon and 23-year-old James Echols have all been arrested and charged with various crimes. Overall, the trio face over 22 counts of charges like murder, cruelty to animals, aggravated robbery.