Name released of woman fatally shot at gender-reveal party; suspects, motives sought

Published: Sunday, July 09, 2017 @ 2:01 AM
Updated: Monday, July 10, 2017 @ 11:01 AM

Patrick Shanley, 30, lives on the block where the fatal shooting happened at the gender reveal party. He was shocked by the murder.

UPDATE @ 10:50 a.m., July 10:

Residents in a Cincinnati neighborhood are still trying to make sense of a shooting after a gender-reveal party Saturday night that killed one person and injured eight others. 

“It’s normally a quiet neighborhood, nothing goes on, friendly neighbors,” said Patrick Shanley, 30, who lives in the Capstan Drive neighborhood where a shooting occurred after a gender-reveal party Saturday night in Colerain. 

He says he was shocked by the shooting. His wife and child were home at the time but did not hear any gunshots, he said.

A Colerain police vehicle was parked today outside the home in the 900 block of Capstan Drive where the shooting occurred.

There have been no arrests at this point and no information has been released on a possible motive.

UPDATE @ 5:10 p.m.

A 22-year-old woman from Indiana was killed and eight others were injured during a shooting at a gender-reveal party near Cincinnati Saturday night, according to Colerain Twp. police.

<<911 call:  ‘They just ran in and started shooting’

>>New details: What we know about gender reveal party shooting

Autum Garrett has been identified as the victim who died as a result of gunshot wounds in the incident in the 9900 block of Capstan Drive.

Three children were among the eight others who suffered injuries not considered life-threatening. Police said they are ages 8, 6, and 2. There were other children inside the home who were not injured, according to police.

>>VIDEO: Neighbor says before shooting it was ‘real quiet, just a nice party’

Police said Garrett had already succumbed to her injuries when first responders arrived on scene. There were more than nine people in the home at the time, but police are not sure of how many.

All those who were injured were in the same room when the shooting happened and all the injuries are from gunshot wounds, according to police.

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There have been no arrests at this point and no information was released on a possible motive.

Colerain Twp. Police Chief Mark Denney said in an afternoon press conference that his department does not know if the shooting was random, targeted or intended for someone else. 

“I would like nothing more in my position to be able to stand up here and tell the community they have absolutely nothing to worry about but I’m not going to provide statements or information that’s false just to make people feel better,” Denney said.

“We don’t know who the suspects are or why they did this,” he continued. “We would encourage people to take the same precautions they always do, call our police department if there’s anything suspicious, to take reasonable precautions, to keep your house locked and lights on, but we have no information that makes us believe that there’s any specific threat to our community.”

UPDATE @ 3:41 p.m.

Police continue to look for those responsible for a deadly shooting Saturday night at a gender-reveal party near Cincinnati. 

The woman who hosted the party reported she was shot in the leg and lost her unborn baby as a result.

The woman was on crutches and returning to her home where the shooting occurred on Capstan Drive when she was briefly interviewed this morning by our news partner in Cincinnati, WCPO-Ch. 9

Colerain Twp. police are expected to release more information during a press conference at 4:30 p.m.

According to the 9-1-1 records, a male called 9-1-1 from inside the home shortly after it happened.

The caller claimed he was one of the nine people shot and told the dispatcher no one had descriptions of the shooters. “Somebody just came in and shot all of us…” the caller said. “It’s a couple people that got hit. There’s a baby that was shot in the leg, I’m shot. It’s a whole lot of people in here shot.”

The caller told the dispatcher they were watching TV when “they just ran in here and started shooting at everybody.”

Another 9-1-1 caller reported that she attended the party and was sitting in her car when she saw two hooded people enter the home, then a short time later exited and ran away from the house.

We’ll continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

UPDATE @10:58 a.m.

A neighbor tells us it was a typically “tranquil” Saturday on Capstan and Hollis drives as people attended an afternoon gender-reveal party that stretched into the night in the Colerain Twp. neighborhood.

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That tranquility was shattered around 11:30 p.m. when police responded to shots fired at the home where the party was happening.

Vehicles were parked up and down the block as tables were set up and balloons adorned the backyard of the home where the party occurred, according to the neighbor.

>>VIDEO: Police briefing on shooting

The neighbor tells us she heard what she thought were firecrackers and thought nothing of it because a nearby bar was shooting fireworks that night.

Police tell us a woman was killed and eight people were hurt when one or more persons opened fire at the party.

The victims have not been identified and detectives are working to identify and apprehend the suspects.

UPDATE @ 10 a.m.

A woman who was among the gunshot victims at a gender-reveal party in the Cincinnati area reports she was shot in the leg and lost her unborn baby as a result of what happened, according to a report from our news partner in Cincinnati, WCPO-Ch. 9.

The victim was on crutches when she was briefly interviewed by a WCPO reporter. She had just returned from the hospital to the neighborhood where the shooting occurred in Colerain Twp.

Detectives are pursuing leads in an effort to identify and apprehend one or more shooters, who left one person dead and eight others wounded, including three children, said Jim Love, Colerain Twp. police spokesman.

The victims have not been identified. One adult was listed in critical condition at University of Cincinnati Medical Center and one is in serious condition.

Love said those who fired the shots were able to get away and detectives are working to find them and determine a possible motive for what happened.

We are working to learn more and will update this story as more information becomes available.  

UPDATE @ 8:55 a.m.

A pregnant victim in the shooting has lost her baby after being shot Saturday night, according to WCPO.

UPDATE @ 6:56 a.m.

A woman is dead and three children are at Cincinnati Children's Hospital with non-life threatening injuries following a shooting in Hamilton County Sunday morning. 

One adult is at University of Cincinnati Medical Center in critical condition and another in serious but stable condition, according to hospital staff. 

Three others are in stable condition at the hospital with one person reportedly shot in the leg and another in the stomach. 

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WCPO reports radio logs indicate there may have been two shooters at the gender reveal party held at a home in the 9900 block of Capstan Drive. 

Gender reveal parties are held by expectant parents to confirm whether the baby will be a boy or a girl. 

Party-goers were reportedly watching a movie at the time of the shooting, according to Colerain police public information officer Jim Love. 

Love said no suspects are in custody, but detectives are currently following leads. It is unknown if the children were the target of the shooting.

UPDATE @ 4:50 a.m.

A woman is dead and three children are in the hospital following a shooting in Hamilton County’s Colerain Twp. Saturday night.

Our news partner WCPO reports at least nine people were shot while watching a movie at a gender reveal party, where expectant parents reveal whether the baby will be a boy or a girl.

The three injured children have been taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, according to Colerain police, while the remaining surviving victims are recovering at University of Cincinnati Medical Center. The extent of their injuries are unknown at this time.

WCPO reports the intersection of Capstan and Redskin drives remains closed while police continue an investigation.

UPDATE @ 3:22 a.m.

An adult was killed and multiple children injured when a shooting broke out at a Capstan Avenue home in Hamilton County, according to police.

Colerain police said adults and children at the house were watching a movie when the shooting took place in the 9900 block of Capstan Avenue, just north of Northgate Mall.

Homicide detectives are at the scene investigating.

UPDATE @ 3:13 a.m.

Children are among those wounded in a Saturday night shooting in Colerain Twp., according to Colerain police.

WCPO, our Cincinnati news partner, reports the shooting reportedly took place at a gender reveal party.

We are continuing to follow this developing story out of Hamilton County.


Seven people have been shot and one person is dead following a Saturday night shooting in Colerain Twp., Hamilton County, according to our Cincinnati news partner WCPO.

Police were dispatched to the shooting in the 9900 block of Capstan Avenue near Northgate Mall around 11:30 p.m.

WCPO reports the shooting is one of the largest mass shootings reported in the area in recent years.

Police have not released further details. 

Lyft driver leads to child porn arrest, indictment

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 10:13 AM


A Lyft driver who found a cell phone loaded with child pornography in his vehicle after dropping off a client helped police make an arrest, according to court documents.

Marvin Hemphill, 27, of Valdosta, Georgia, was arrested Jan. 6 at the Staybridge Suites at Austin Landing and was indicted Wednesday on 24 charges connected to child pornography, according to court records.

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According to court documents, Hemphill left his cell phone in the Lyft driver’s vehicle after receiving a ride from a Beavercreek restaurant where he worked.

The driver looked at the phone, attempting to determine the owner, and noticed the child pornography and alerted officers, court documents showed.

Police were able to link the phone to Hemphill, who allowed police to search it, and multiple child porn videos were found, the documents read.

Hemphill admitted to police that he knew he had the child porn on the phone and knew the people in the videos were juveniles, court records showed.

Hemphill is scheduled for his arraignment on Jan. 23.

Meet the 2017 winners of’s Best of Dayton poll

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 8:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 9:56 AM

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We know you’ve been waiting. 

After thousands of nominations, even more votes, and careful tallying, winners of the Best of 2017 poll were announced at 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18.

With more than 100 categories, you’ll find winners from Best Burger and Best Pizza to Best Happy Hour and Best Bar Bathroom.

>> Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Food & Dining

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>> Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Outdoors, Lifestyle & Recreation

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>> Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Shopping & Services

Questions? Thoughts? Email editor Ashley Bethard at

Dayton traffic from the WHIO traffic center

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 12:47 AM
Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 6:31 AM

SCENE: Crashes on SB I-75 near Wagner Ford

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

Major Highway Incidents

  • On southbound I-75 in the area of Stanley Avenue and Wagner Ford Road, two crashes were reported just before 6:30 a.m. The first crash reportedly involved three vehicles, and the second involves four vehicles. Traffic is backed up in the area. No injuries have been reported.

Surface Street Incidents

  • No incidents to report

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

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  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction until Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.

Your guide to Good Samaritan Hospital closing

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 6:27 AM

Good Samaritan closing its doors after decades of service

Premier Health announced Wednesday it will cease operations at Good Samaritan Hospital by the end of the year.

About 1,600 jobs will be moved to other positions within the company, and satellite locations in Englewood and Huber Heights will stay open.

Major services will be moved to Miami Valley Hospital, with the goal of avoiding duplication of services.

Here is everything you need to know about the hospital closure:

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>> Good Samaritan Hospital: Leaders saddened, concerned by closure

>> Good Samaritan Hospital closing: Former nurse recalls ‘small, friendly place’

>> Good Samaritan Hospital closing: Community angry, devastated, concerned

>> 5 things you need to know about Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton

>> Good Samaritan Hospital closing: What we know now

>> Good Samaritan closing: What will happen to other local hospitals?

>> Did you know the Dayton community helped build Good Samaritan Hospital?