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People at Colerain gender reveal party tied to drug circles, police say

Posted August 22

— A mass shooting at a gender reveal party last month was "in no way random," according to the Colerain Township Police Department.

Several people at the party had connections to three different drug circles, department spokesman Jim Love said. The public isn't believed to be in danger.

The investigation will be lengthy, Love said, as investigators sift through tens of thousands of text messages, emails and other evidence. Police expect multiple arrests, some for the shooting and others coming from related investigations.

Several victims and witnesses haven't been helpful, Love said. One victim, Cheyanne Willis, claimed she lost her unborn baby after she was shot in the leg, but police said she wasn't pregnant in the first place.

Love said investigators have faced other roadblocks because some people have left out key information or flat-out lied.

"The harm that this has caused the investigation cannot be over-stated," he said.

Tuesday is the second time Colerain police publicly blasted victims and witnesses for being uncooperative: Two weeks after the shooting, Police Chief Mark Denney said Willis' claim of being pregnant was just one example of how much time investigators have "wasted following leads known to be lies."

Love said investigators have faced other roadblocks because some people have left out key information or flat-out lied.

"The harm that this has caused the investigation cannot be over-stated," he said.

Tuesday is the second time Colerain police publicly blasted victims and witnesses for being uncooperative: Two weeks after the shooting, Police Chief Mark Denney said Willis' claim of being pregnant was just one example of how much time investigators have "wasted following leads known to be lies."

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