Posted on July 10, 2017

As Family Gathers for a Gender Reveal Party, Men Burst In and Begin Shooting

Avik Selk, Washington Post, July 9, 2017

Just outside of Cincinnati, in a long flat house, a family gathered Saturday to learn the sex of their newest member.

They learned it, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported; the baby was a boy. The family celebrated and stayed up late into the night in that home in Colerain Township – until someone came in from outside.

There were two gunmen dressed in black, the Associated Press reported. Or maybe colored hoodies, a woman would scream to a 911 dispatcher in the chaos afterward.

“They were acting sneaky,” said the woman, who was outside the house and audibly distressed, in the 911 call posted by WCPO. “Then they ran in the house and started shooting.”


The gunmen were gone and a woman was dead when help arrived, police told reporters.

Three children and five adults were wounded: so many victims that nearby jurisdictions had to lend ambulances, according to Fox 19.

“It would seem, by what I was told, it was just random shooting,” police spokesman Jim Love told reporters. “It didn’t seem like they were purposely shooting for a child – but I’m not even sure of that.”

No one involved has been identified, and no arrests were reported Sunday.

As investigators moved through the house the next day, a WCPO reporter saw a downcast woman on crutches outside.

She was the mother-to-be, the woman told the reporter – the reason for the party.

She said she’d been shot in the leg and lost the baby.


By Sunday, WLWT reported, an unnamed woman was dead, seven victims appear likely to pull through, and one was still in “very, very serious” condition.