Police: Woman ‘ambushed’ in deadly Fairfield Township shooting

The woman is believed to have been targeted.
Published: Feb. 15, 2023 at 10:24 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 16, 2023 at 5:37 AM EST
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FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WXIX) - A woman is dead after she was shot multiple times Wednesday afternoon in Fairfield Township, according to police.

Officers found the 20-year-old woman around 3:57 p.m. on Vonnie Vail Court near Walden Ponds Circle. They say she was targeted.

Emergency crews took the woman to Fort Hamilton Hospital where she died.

Neighbors say they heard the gunshots and then looked outside to see the woman lying in the street.

“It appears someone snuck up behind her and ambushed her, from what we can tell,” Sgt. Brandon McCroskey said. “We canvassed the area very heavily over the last several hours.”

Ken Yablonksy has lived on Vonnie Vail for three years.

“Nothing like this you’d think would happen in your neighborhood,” he said. “Came outside, saw somebody laying on the ground there. Police stopped in front of the person lying on the ground and started doing CPR.”

Yablonksy is just one of many nearby residents who were rattled by the shooting.

“It’s a quiet neighborhood,” he said. “You’re talking 4 p.m. in the afternoon. You’ve got the police station right up there. Not much activity, except for occasional dog walkers. You’ve got the dog park right up there.”

After speaking with several witnesses, Fairfield Township police investigators obtained video of a maroon Honda Accord with an Ohio license plate JNH4815 fleeing the area around the time of the shooting.

The license plates were stolen out of Springfield Township, police said.

Investigators say a different stolen license plate may be on the suspect’s vehicle now.

Based on information investigators received, they say it is possible the car may be in the Evanston neighborhood or Liberty Street area near Over-the-Rhine.

There are no suspects at this time.

If anyone has any information about the vehicle or the people in the vehicle, contact the Fairfield Township Police Department or Crime Stoppers at (513) 352-3040.

Fairfield Township police say they are searching for a maroon Honda Accord after it fled the...
Fairfield Township police say they are searching for a maroon Honda Accord after it fled the scene of a shooting.(Fairfield Township Police)

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