A woman is dead and eight other people were wounded — including three kids — when gunmen opened fire at a baby gender-reveal party in Ohio on Saturday night.
Among the victims in the Colerain Township shooting was a pregnant woman who lost the baby after receiving a bullet to her leg, a family member told NBC affiliate WLWT.
Authorities were searching for the assailant or assailants, who fled after shots rang out at a home around 11:30 p.m., the station reported.
Five of the revelers — one in critical condition, three in fair and one stable — were hospitalized at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. The three children were taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
A bystander phoned 911, telling the dispatcher she’d seen a pair of men enter the house while sitting outside in her vehicle.
“Two guys just came in and shot people in the house,” she said, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. “There was little kids hurt and everything. I was sitting in my car. They just ran in and started shooting. There’s a pregnant girl here.”
Another 911 caller also said there’d been two shooters.
“I just seen two people walk by,” a man told the operator, per ABC affiliate WCPO. “I looked outside, next thing I know they just ran in and just started shooting.”
Police did not say whether the two men were suspects, and were still investigating a motive for the bloodshed.
Victims’ names and ages had yet to be released.
“These are the nights that you look back on and you regret that they ever happened,” Colerain Township Police public information officer Jim Love said. “This will be one of those nights.”
What a tragic ending to a party that was meant to celebrate new life.