Mathew Steffy-Ross and Jaiden Brown, both 17, identified as dead in shooting at Airbnb party in Pittsburgh
Two teenagers who died when multiple people shot at a crowded Airbnb underage party early Sunday morning have been identified. Police say Mathew Steffy-Ross and Jaiden Brown, both just 17, died of gunshot wounds they sustained at a party with around 200 people crammed into the second-floor rental building floor of the East Allegheny neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
Several other people were injured when the gunfire broke out, either from bullets or in the chaotic scene that followed. Several people at the party described how people jumped out of second-story windows and pushed open doors to escape the gunfire.
Local media showed bullet holes in the walls and several shattered windows on Sunday morning. “Initial investigation reveals a large party was being held at the short-term rental property, with up to 200 people in attendance, many of them minors,” police said in a statement on Sunday. “As many as 50 bullets were fired inside, prompting some revelers to jump out of windows, sustaining injuries such as broken bones and lacerations. Several more shots were fired outside the house.
On Monday, police doubled the figure, saying nearly 100 bullets were fired into the packed crowd.
Police have not made any arrests, but say ballistic evidence, including shell casings from several weapons, suggests several people opened fire. They asked anyone who may have attended the party to submit cellphone photos or video that could provide clues as to what triggered the shooting. Police Chief Scott Schubert said initial information indicated some sort of altercation broke out and then “shots were exchanged”.
Pittsburgh Public Schools confirmed that four of their students were among the injured, but did not say whether any of their students were among the dead. Acting Superintendent Wayne Walters said Monday that all schools would be on a modified lockdown out of an abundance of caution. “So many families have been affected by [Sunday’s] tragedy,” he said, according to local media reports. “Our hearts go out to the families of lost loved ones and to all who are experiencing grief and trauma during this time.”
Schubert told reporters that a full investigation was underway and they currently had no suspects or motives. “We’re not going to sleep until we find out who did this,” he told a news conference. “It shouldn’t have happened. We are fed up. We will do everything to find those responsible. »