Shock, dismay in Colerain Twp after mass shooting

Published: Jul. 10, 2017 at 1:08 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 10, 2017 at 5:28 AM EDT
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COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - Shock and dismay struck this western Hamilton County suburb over the weekend after a woman was killed and eight others were hurt during a mass shooting at a party for a pregnant woman.

Nine people were shot during the "gender reveal" party at a house in the 9900 block of Capstan Drive about 11:30 p.m. Saturday, said police spokesman Jim Love.

Autumn Garrett, 22, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Eight of the injured included three children, ages 8, 6, and 2, police said Sunday.

The youngsters are recovering at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, according to police.

The other five victims, all adults, also are expected to recover.

The woman who was pregnant, however, has said she was shot in the leg and lost her baby.

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While police continue to search for two suspects in the attack, reaction is coming in from local residents and at least one lawmaker.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) released a statement Sunday:

"Connie and I are thinking of everyone affected by this senseless gun violence in Colerain Township Saturday. We pray for a speedy recovery for those injured and are grateful to the first responders and hospital personnel caring for them as well as the police who are investigating this horrific crime," Brown said.

Residents are condemning the violence, especially against young children.

"Stuff doesn't happen like this around here, you know," said Candice Verga, who is close friends with several of the victims.

She said she heard gunshots and screaming, and couldn't believe what she saw when she went into the house.

"I saw a lot of things... you know, it's very disturbing. Children are shot... everything," Verga said.

A woman who said she witnessed the suspects running into the house called 911 about 11:20 p.m. Saturday.

"Somebody just ran and shot everybody in the house. There's kids," the caller said.

The suspects were gone by the time police arrived within two minutes.

"'I think it's a low life that does something like that. I don't know man, it's sad, it really is. I got no use for somebody like that. Shooting adults is bad enough... but kids," said neighbor Bob Thomas.

"I just hope whoever... whoever they find these two characters, I hope they rot in hell for it. Dead serious," Verga said.

Police are asking anyone with information to call 513-312-COPS or Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.

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