2 minors dead in shooting at massive Airbnb party – Crime Online
Eight other people were injured in the shooting and five were injured trying to flee the party on the second floor.
Two boys were killed and eight others injured in an early Sunday morning shooting at a house party at an Airbnb in Pittsburgh.
Officials said up to 200 people – the “vast majority” of them were under the age of 18 – crammed into the upstairs unit of the North Side rental property, police said. More than 90 shots were fired in about 12, according to ShotSpotter data, and first responders heard the final shots fired as they arrived at the scene, WTAE reported.
Police Chief Scott Schubert said “we know there was a lot more than that between the inside of the structure and the outside”. Police were seen in no less than eight separate locations within a few blocks of the house. Schubert said first responders found a “very chaotic” scene.
Schubert said Sunday afternoon that some sort of altercation occurred during the party, triggering the shooting. In addition to the 10 people shot, five others were injured trying to flee the scene, including at least two who broke their bones jumping from second-story windows, the Associated Press reported.
“We’re not going to sleep until we find out who did this,” the chef said. “It shouldn’t have happened. We are fed up. We will do everything to catch those responsible. »
As of Sunday afternoon, police still had no suspects and no motive for the shooting.
Pittsburgh Police Commander John Fisher told WTAE that investigators found casings from handguns and rifles.
In the aftermath of the shooting, neighbors found broken car windows and even blood on their vehicles. Mitchell Wilston told the AP that he and his wife left the neighborhood as the party started to heat up and the neighborhood was full of cars parked the wrong way.
“It was so obvious there was going to be a problem – there was a line of 14-year-olds trying to get into this place,” he said, adding that there was no had never had a problem renting on site. before.
It was Wilston’s wife’s white car, stained with blood, he said.
Airbnb cooperated with the investigation and permanently banned the person who booked the property, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported. The company said the owner’s listing specifically prohibits parties and imposes a curfew between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.
A family who rented the ground floor unit told WTAE they left and went to the hotel when the party started. Stephen Long, owner of the downstairs unit but not the upstairs, told this station that there was usually a limit to the number of people allowed to stay.
“Two hundred people is a lot,” he said. “There is usually a limit. For Airbnb we would do, maybe, six to eight guests max, so I don’t know how 200 people got upstairs undetected.
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[Featured image: Pittsburgh Police Department]