'He had an evil plan': Shooter free and on probation rather than in prison after pleading guilty to rape of a child

FLORENCE, KY - On Saturday, July 6th, police officers with the Florence Police Department (FPD) responded to a call of an "active shooter" in a home on Ridgecrest Drive and upon arriving, could still hear the sound of gunfire. Officers responded to the call just before 3:00 a.m.

According to WDTN, the armed suspect and shooter has been identified as 21-year-old Chase Garvey. Law enforcement said that Garvey had been arrested prior to Saturday's deadly shooting several times in the past and that recently he was detained at the Kenton County Detention Center for 30 days after violating his parole. 

Garvey plead guilty in 2022 to having sex with a 13-year-old child, reportedly in the parking lot of an apartment complex. He was 18 at the time. He originally faced rape charges but that was downgraded due to his guilty plea. He was still banned from owning or operating a gun due to his felon status.

This mass shooting took the lives of four people and injured another three. The three victims that were injured from the gunfire were transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and are all expected to recover. The deceased victims have been identified as: 19-year-old Delaney Eary; 20-year-old Hayden Rybicki; 44-year-old Melissa Parrett; and 20-year-old Shane Miller.

Eary was reportedly an ex-girlfriend of Garvey's. Garvey was apparently stalking Eary prior to the shooting. The father of one of the girls injured during the incident, Bruce Parrett, told TV station WLWT, "He had a plan. He had an evil plan. And he did it. And he died like a coward because that's what he was."

Authorities confirmed that the gunman also died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after fleeing the scene. Once on scene of the shooting, police found seven victims suffering from gunshot wounds. Four of them where pronounced dead at the scene and three others were taken to the hospital. 

Garvey fled the scene by car. Officers located the gunman's car in the area of Farmview Drive and US 42, where they attempted a traffic stop. Garvey did not stop and a vehicle pursuit ensued. 

The pursuit ended in the area of Dale Heimbrock Way near Hicks Pike when the armed gunman crashed the vehicle into a ditch. Officers approached the car and found Garvey inside with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital. The investigation remains active and authorities confirmed that there is no threat to the community.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the community is mourning their loved ones that lost their lives in a senseless act of gun violence. Now, a memorial of candles, flowers, and stuffed animals sit alongside the driveway where the shooting happened. Shane Smeltzer, who described Rybicki as his best friend said, "I just can't even think of words to describe this."

Cherri McGuire, Rybiciki's mom wrote in the obituary, "I would do anything in the world if I could see you face-to-face and tell you how I feel and how I've always felt about you."

Paige Robinson went to high school with Eary. She struggled to talk in past tense about her friend saying, "She is such a joy. She is such a light in everybody's lives." Smeltzer said Eary went to the birthday party with Rybicki, as they recently became friends. Friends said that Eary previously dated Garvey. However, police have not said whether that relationship played a role in the shooting. 

Paris Miller, described her brother as "an old soul" who was "quiet, caring, and laid back." She added, "He loved everybody close to him. He was a shy, quiet, beautiful soul." Melissa Parrett hosted the birthday party for her son, Brendon. She worked for the past eight years at Toyota Boshoku America in Erlanger, where she was a human resources specialist. A spokeswoman for the company said, "Missy's commitment, hard work, and positive attitude have left a lasting impact on all of us."
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