Two children lucky to escape Blue Ash gun battle

Posted at 1:06 PM, Feb 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-08 19:18:30-05

BLUE ASH, Ohio -- Police have identified all three men shot in a wild gun battle that could have killed two children Sunday morning, but they say none of them are cooperating in the investigation.

There have been no arrests as police try to figure out who fired at least a dozen shots in a normally quiet neighborhood - and why. One man was shot and then drove off with a 3-year-old girl in the backseat. That vehicle rolled over and caused a three-car crash, police said.

A 911 call from a motorist said the man from the crash tried to get into her car:

"We're at the corner of Deerfield and Cornell in Blue Ash. There's an accident and the guy tried to jump into our car saying he got shot."

A 10-year-old boy was almost hit by stray bullets fired into his home on nearby Franklin Avenue, his father said.

"It's just shocking that something like this would happen in Blue Ash," said the father, Bryan Isaacs.

Just before noon, police were called to the 11100 block of Oak Avenue where neighbors reported at least 10 shots. They found the wounded driver and the wreckage near the intersection of Deerfield and Cornell roads. The 3-year-old girl had only minor injuries but she was hospitalized, police said.

Another car was found with bullet holes in the side at a nearby Speedway gas station near Kenwood and Cornell. The wounded driver was taken to a hospital, but a passenger fled, police said.

A third wounded man showed up at a hospital for treatment.

Two handguns were recovered from the scene. 

Bullet holes were visible on the second floor of Isaacs' house. The family was home but no one was injured, police said. Bryan Isaacs said he tried telling his 10-year-old son, Aidan, that the gun shots were just fireworks. One of the bullets hit just a few feet from Aidan.

"I'm happy that I'm alive," Isaacs said. "I'm scared and sad that the house got destroyed."

Neighbors said the scene and police presence left them "shocked." This is Blue Ash's first reported shooting of 2016.

Police asked that anyone with information call them at 513-745-8555 or Crimes Stoppers at 513-352-3040, or submit a tip online via