One woman died and eight others have been injured — including three children — after gunfire tore through a gender-reveal party in Ohio on Saturday night.
Victims include a pregnant woman who lost her baby after being shot in the leg, WLWT reports.
The shooting occurred at a Colerain Township home around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, according to police, who were searching for an unknown number of assailants who fled the scene after the attack.
The first officer who arrived at the house found a woman dead on the floor, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Five partygoers have been hospitalized at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where one is in critical condition, three are in fair condition and another is in stable condition. The pregnant woman who lost her baby was treated and released.
The three children were transported to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Their condition was not immediately available.
Investigators are still trying to piece together what motivated the shooting. One bystander who called 9-1-1 told a dispatcher that she saw two men enter the home.
“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,” the woman added.
Another person told authorities that he also witnessed two shooters.
“I just seen two people walk by,” an unidentified man told a dispatcher, according to WCPO. “I looked outside, next thing I know they just ran in and just started shooting.”
Some of the victims may have been watching television when the gunfire erupted, Colerain Township Police spokesman Jim Love said.
Police have not yet released the names and ages of the victims, but Love has confirmed that the people shot were “family and friends who were gathered for a gender-reveal party.”
“These are the nights that you look back on and you regret that they ever happened,” Love said. “This will be one of those nights.”
Anyone with information about the shooting can call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.