1 dead, 1 injured after party at Airbnb house in Sunnyvale
SUNNYVALE, California – Two people were gunned down on Saturday night during a house party involving a house rented on Airbnb, the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety said. One person was pronounced dead in hospital while another is recovering and is expected to survive.
Officers arrived after neighbors called to complain about the loud noise.
Upon arrival, gunshots erupted around 10 p.m. at the party on Navarro Drive near Marion Way, authorities said.
This location is near the Raynor Park area of the city. Officers say they have found 150 to 200 teenagers, aged 16 to 19 in the area.
A captain from the Sunnyvale Public Safety Department confirmed to KTVU that the house was rented through Airbnb.
Officers have spoken to several witnesses, but so far information provided to investigators has been limited.
Neighbors reported hearing what sounded like fireworks.
“It was ten minutes straight with just cars and people walking past my street,” said Sunnyvale city councilor Mason Fong, who lives nearby. “I thought it was a house party. I looked out my window and realized there were a lot of young people.”
Some neighbors told KTVU that officers asked them for any home surveillance video that might help with the case.
Airbnb had banned house party rentals after five people were shot and killed in Orinda on Halloween in 2019.
On Monday, Airbnb said the company condemns the violence and the host did not allow the party. The property is now “deactivated” as authorities investigate.
UPDATE: This story was updated on August 9, 2021 to reflect Airbnb’s statement.