From left to right: Roshawn Bishop, James Echols and Michael Sanon.
(Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office )
Three men were charged Wednesday in 2017 fake “gender reveal party shooting in Ohio that left a woman dead and eight wounded, police said Monday.
Suspects Roshawn Bishop, 28; James Echols, 23; and Michael Sanon, 21, were indicted Dec. 11 on 22 counts of various charges including murder, aggravated robbery and cruelty to animals.
The July 2017 shooting in Colerain Township, about 20 miles northwest of Cincinnati, was planned and drug use, said the police after the connecting of multiple witnesses to the rings of the drug.
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The chaos left Indiana resident Autum Garrett, 22, dead and wounded included three children and a dog.
From the beginning of the investigation, authorities were hampered by several false leads and uncooperative witnesses, Colerain Township Police Chief Mark Denney said to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
“From the beginning of this research, we met significant resistance that is uncommon for victims of crimes who a resolution,” Denney told the newspaper.
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On the day of the attack, people gathered for a gender reveal party for the 21-year-old Cheyanne Willis. She told local media after the shooting that she suffered a miscarriage after being shot in one of her legs.
A week later, police said Willis admitted that she had not been pregnant. Garrett was Willis’ cousin.
“There were a lot of things that we initially believed that turned out not to be true. It complicates the investigation, no doubt about it,” Denney said.
Witnesses said about 30 people attended the party, but only a dozen remained in the night. Two men entered the house through a door and fired at least 14 pictures in the living room for the flight.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.