Last week everyone was shocked by the story of an Ohio gender reveal party that turned into a mass shooting when two armed gunmen attacked. It’s still a terrible tragedy, but now it’s turned downright weird, because police say the host of the party–the one who said she miscarried the baby during the gender reveal shooting–was never actually pregnant.
It sounds like a real-life Law & Order: SVU episode.
Nine people were shot after 21-year-old Cheyenne Willis’ gender-reveal party on July 8. The party was over at that point, but many of Willis’ friends and family stuck around to hang out and watch Spider-Man. A lot of them were children.
According to People, Willis had already posted all over Facebook that her fetus was going to be a boy.
Then two men came into the house and opened fire. They shot nine people, including 21-year-old Autumn Garrett, who died at the scene. Garrett’s husband was shot in the head, and their two small children were also shot. The kids’ injuries were not life-threatening.
One of the bullets hit Willis in the leg. She later said that she lost the baby as a result of the injury. Her family told reporters that she was devastated by the loss.
Now police are perplexed, because it turns out she was never actually pregnant at all.
Police seem extremely frustrated by the investigation.
“We have been given information we have found to be false,” a police spokesperson said. “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.”
Willis looked pregnant in her Facebook posts. She talked up the pregnancy and had several photos of people touching her belly.
Police are still looking for the shooters. They don’t know who they were, how they got into the house, or how they got away. They still have no sign of a motive for shooting up a seemingly random family party in Ohio.
Police say Willis may or may not face charges. Right now, they just don’t know what is going on.
“As ridiculous as it might be, it’s not a crime to lie, its not a crime to have a party over that lie,” says Love. “Now if she lied and put everyone in the danger — of course the shooters would be the main focus but (to press charges) would be a decision up to the local prosecutors.”