Middletown police have 'persons of interest' in young woman's New Year's Day death

Investigation sent detectives to Chicago

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- Middletown police are investigating unnamed persons of interest in the death of Teresa Shields.

Shields was killed early on New Year's Day when someone shot up the car in which she was riding. Shields and her boyfriend, Stevie Waldon, were both shot; Waldon survived, but Shields died on the way to the hospital. The shooting took place near Roosevelt and Wicoff streets in Middletown.

The investigation sent Middletown police to Chicago to examine "a vehicle believed to be involved in the murder," according to a release from the department. Middletown police is working with Chicago police on the case.

"Persons who are being interviewed are starting to cooperate with the investigation," the news release said. "The investigation is ongoing and this is the only information we can release at this time."

Another woman, Mariana Maria Richlen, was killed just an hour earlier in a crash. Police said Richlen was the passenger in a car that slammed into a stone wall shortly after a shootout. Police said the driver was wounded in the shootout and was trying to flee from officers, leading them on a chase down streets and through parking lots. At one point, two guns were thrown from the car.

Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said both victims had been at the 513 Lounge for a New Year's Eve party, but said the investigation "goes much deeper" than the 513 Lounge connection.

Muterspaw asks anyone with information to call the anonymous hotline at 513-425-7749, send a private Facebook message to Middletown police, or contact Det. Steve Winters or Det. Sam Allen at 513-425-7737.

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