Colerain Twp. Police Chief to community after shooting: ‘Keep your house locked and lights on'

Says no present threat, but people should be aware
Posted at 7:15 PM, Jul 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-10 07:32:33-04

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP -- Colerain Township Police Chief Mark Denney had a message for the community after a mass shooting that left one woman dead and injured eight others.

“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.

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While Denney said there is not a “specific threat” to the community, he emphasized police do not have information regarding the suspects or their motive. Officers believe there are two suspects, he said, and they fled on foot after opening fire Saturday night at a gender reveal party inside a home in the 9900 block of Capstan Drive near Colerain Avenue.

“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 -- keep your house locked and lights on,” Denney said.

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Police said 22-year-old Autum Garrett, of Huntington, Indiana, died in the shooting. Three of the eight people injured were children, ages 2, 6 and 8. The injuries of the children are not life-threatening. Two adult victims are in “serious but stable condition,” Kristy Davis from University of Cincinnati Medical Center said Sunday evening.

In a 911 call, a witness told the operator both suspects were wearing hoods. She thought one was wearing a green hoodie, and the other was wearing a blue hoodie. She couldn't give the operator much more of a description. Police do not have a description of the suspects. 

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A mother-to-be lost her unborn baby after being shot in the leg, the woman told WCPO. Denney has not confirmed an unborn child died during the shooting.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 513-252-3040. Tipsters can remain anonymous.