Airbnb sues guest who threw miners’ party with up to 200 people where 18-year-old was shot dead

Elias Elhania, 18, died of gunshot wounds in hospital after attending the big party. Second male victim expected to survive his injuries

Airbnb says it plans to take legal action against a guest who booked one of their stays to host a big minors’ party in Sunnyvale, Calif., Where an 18-year-old was shot and another was injured.

The company said partying was not allowed and verified that this host prohibited parties by house rules.

Airbnb is also clearly banning parties and party houses and has taken action to try to block or cancel potentially risky bookings.

Airbnb says they are coordinating with local law enforcement in this ongoing investigation and have disabled the ad until further notice.

The August 7, 1447 Navarro Dr party was announced on social media telling guests to “BYOB” – which stands for Bring Your Own Beer – and “BYOW” – which means Bring Your Own Weed.

The hosts wrote online that the party would start at 9:30 p.m. and last until the cops arrived, which they did.

The big party on Saturday, August 7, was announced on social media and drew 150 to 200 people, mostly between 16 and 19, according to police.

The big party on Saturday August 7 was announced on social media and drew 150 to 200 people, mostly between 16 and 19, according to police.

Sunnyvale's house was rented as an Airbnb but was not registered with the city as a short-term rental unit.  The city has several legal requirements for short term rentals which have not been followed

Sunnyvale’s house was rented as an Airbnb but was not registered with the city as a short-term rental unit. The city has several legal requirements for short term rentals which have not been followed

When police arrived at the scene on Saturday evening, they began to search for the owner when they heard two gunshots

When police arrived at the scene on Saturday evening, they began to search for the owner when they heard two gunshots

Two adult men were found injured and rushed to a local San Jose hospital

Two adult men were found injured and rushed to a local San Jose hospital

The Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety was called to the house that was listed online as a short-term rental due to a noise complaint.

When officers arrived at the scene, they estimated the number of guests to be around 150-200, mostly aged 16-19.

As officers attempted to identify the owner, two gunshots were heard from the group.

Two male victims were found with gunshot wounds and rushed to a local hospital, according to a Press release.

Elias Elhania, 18, died of his injuries at the hospital in San José. The second adult male victim is expected to live, but is still recovering.

Elhania was described as “a familiar face throughout the community, especially among young people, and was easily distinguished by her radiant smile, her sincere attitude and her hospitable heart” by the Moroccan solidarity group which organized her GoFundMe page.

Elias Elhania (pictured) died of his injuries at San Jose hospital.  Sunnyvale Police are still investigating the situation and are looking for a suspect.  No arrests were made

Elias Elhania (pictured) died of his injuries at San Jose hospital. Sunnyvale Police are still investigating the situation and are looking for a suspect. No arrests were made

Captain Hank Syu told DailyMail.com that no arrests were made as officers continued, “examining all avenues to fully investigate what happened.”

Law enforcement, city officials, and Airbnb are working together to determine next steps and identify who, in addition to the shooter, should be held accountable.

Ke Zhou has been listed as the owner of 1447 Navarro Dr since May 2018, but lists his primary address in Potomac, Maryland, according to public records.

An unidentified man answered a phone number associated with Zhou but told DailyMail.com that she was “not interested” in talking about the incident.

Captain Syu confirmed that the house was not registered with the city as a short-term rental.

According to city regulations, short-term rental hosts are “legally required to: reside on-site throughout the stay of your guests” (tenants), limit guests to a maximum of four adult guests per night and s ‘register as a host with the city. ‘

The party was held in violation of Airbnb’s blanket party ban which was first enacted in August 2020 and then extended into May 20201 “until at least the end of summer 2021”.

Airbnb said it would take legal action against the host of the house who booked the location under false pretenses

Airbnb said it would take legal action against the host of the house who booked the location under false pretenses

The vacation rental company enacted a strict blanket holiday ban in August 2020, which has been extended until the end of summer 2021.

The vacation rental company enacted a strict blanket holiday ban in August 2020, which has been extended until the end of summer 2021.

Airbnb said in a statement that the guest “booked the ad under false pretenses” and was banned from the platform.

One of the hosts of the party – who posts online as @ theralogbobby1 – told DailyMail.com he was not aware of any legal action taken by Airbnb.

Airbnb did not respond to DailyMail.com for comment on the situation.

The Sunnyvale Police Captain said that although the department “hadn’t had anything of this magnitude” in the city and described the fatal incident as “a bit unique to our city”

He confirmed that “there has been an increase in gun violence and more guns in the streets.”

Gun violence has increased across the country in recent years.

Captain Syu explained that the police department is working to end gun violence by “continuing to be present in our community.” Part of this is making sure our community is our eyes and ears out there with this crime or others. May they reach out as a community team so that we can partner up.

2021 is set to become the country's deadliest year in gun violence to date as shootings escalate

2021 is set to become the country’s deadliest year in gun violence to date as shootings escalate

The United States recorded one shooting every 12 minutes during a deadly week in July, with at least 915 incidents killing 430 and injuring 1,007 as gun violence spirals out of control across the country.

Association data Archives of gun violence reveals that more than 1,000 Americans were injured or killed in shootings during the seven days between Saturday July 17 and Friday July 23.

The Violent Week shootings come as the country is on track to record its deadliest year of gun violence to date.

Between January and July 24, 2021, there were 25,216 gun-related deaths, including homicides, murders, suicides, unintentional shootings and incidents of defensive use of firearms.

On average, that means 123 people died every day in 2021.

If the trend continues, nearly 45,000 people will lose their lives as a result of gun violence by the end of the year.

That figure eclipses the 43,563 shooting deaths recorded in 2020 – which had been the deadliest year for shooting incidents in at least two decades.

On average, 123 people died every day in 2021 as a result of gun violence, putting the country on track to register 45,000 deaths by the end of the year

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