After a shooting at an Easter weekend house party at an Airbnb in Pittsburgh left two teenagers dead and eight others with gunshot wounds, Airbnb says it plans to take legal action against the person who booked the party.
“Airbnb strictly prohibits parties, and we condemn the behavior that allegedly led to this criminal gun violence and tragic loss of life,” spokesman Ben Breit said in a statement emailed to the edge. The booking guest has been permanently banned from the platform, she said. The party was “unauthorized,” Breit added, and was held without the property host’s knowledge or consent.
The shooting occurred on Easter Sunday just after 12:30 a.m. according to pittsburgh police. About 200 people attended the party in the city’s East Allegheny neighborhood, and police said as many as 50 rounds were fired inside, forcing some people to jump out of windows to escape. Security footage showed that Pittsburgh police visited the party venue around 11 p.m. in response to a noise complaint, but left after warning a person, who said he owned the property, that lower the volume of the music. Paper of the city of Pittsburgh reported.
In June 2019, Pittsburgh was the site of a Fatal shooting at an Airbnb rental in the city’s Hill District neighborhood, where two people were shot and killed.
airbnb “party houses” prohibited in November 2019 after five people died in a shooting during a big Halloween party in a rental in California. Their the policy prohibits gatherings of more than 16 people and stipulates that any proof of the parties may incur a $500 fee. The policy includes a curfew from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. and restricts entire home listings made by people under the age of 25. Breit also noted the company neighborhood support line where neighbors can point out possible parties or party houses to the company.
On Tuesday, The Pittsburgh City Council introduced legislation that would require short-term rental operators to be licensed by the city’s permitting department. Property owners would have to keep records of anyone entering the property and establish a contact person to be available to authorities in case of an emergency.
Airbnb said Wednesday that it was in close contact with Pittsburgh police and Mayor Ed Gainey’s office to support the investigation into the shootings. As of this writing, no arrests have been made.