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Final suspect in Colerain gender reveal party shooting arrested

Posted at 8:48 AM, Nov 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-18 10:12:51-05

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio — More than two years after a mass shooting at a gender reveal party in Colerain Township left one person dead and several others injured, the final suspect in the shooting was arrested Sunday, according to police.

Vandell Slade was arrested Sunday night, according to the Colerain Township Police Department.

Slade is the final suspect in a mass shooting that has had many twists and turns throughout the investigation.

On July 8, 2017, Slade, 28-year-old Roshawn Bishop, 23-year-old James Echols and 20-year-old Michael Sanon broke into a home on Capstan Drive, which was hosting a gender reveal party at the time, according to police. The men allegedly opened fire once inside, killing 22-year-old Autumn Garrett and injuring eight others, including three children.

Initially, Cheyanne Willis, the woman the gender reveal party was being held for, said she lost her baby due to the shooting. However, police later found out that Willis was never pregnant to begin with.

This was just one example of a lie being presented in this investigation, and this hampered the police's progress.

"From the very beginning of this investigation, we have met significant resistance that is uncommon from victims of crime wanting a resolution," Colerain Township Police Chief Mark Denney said.

Upon further investigation, the police found that several people at the party had connections to three different drug circles.

Slade faces two charges of murder, two charges of felonious assault and one charge of attempted murder, according to court documents.