Police arrest 18-year-old suspect in fatal Sunnyvale Airbnb party shooting

SUNNYVALE, Calif. (KRON) – The Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety announced Thursday that it has arrested a suspect linked to a fatal August home shooting.

On August 7, Sunnyvale DPS responded to a report of a large house party of approximately 150-200 attendees, many of whom were teenagers, at a ranch-style house on Navarro Drive.

Sunnyvale DPS said while responding to the call – officers heard multiple gunshots coming from the residence.

When the police arrived at the home, they discovered that two adult men suffered gunshot wounds.

Elias Elhania, 18, died of his injuries at a San Jose hospital. A second adult male victim underwent surgery and was expected to survive.

Sunnlyvale DPS identified the shooter as 18-year-old Sunnyvale resident Sean Andrew James Jr.

James Jr., was 17 at the time of the shooting.

Booking photo of Sean Andrew James Jr., 18, of Sunnyvale. Courtesy of Sunnyvale DPS.

“Sunnyvale DPS yesterday located and arrested Sean James Jr. at a residence on the 1000 block of Aster Avenue in Sunnyvale,” a Sunnyvale DPS press release said.

“A search warrant was served on the residence and several handguns and ammunition were recovered.”

Although James Jr. is now an adult, he committed the murder when he was 17 and was incarcerated at Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall on one count of murder and another for attempted murder.

Neighbors told KRON4 News that the house was rented out as an Airbnb and managed by a relative.

In a statement, Airbnb said partying was not permitted and said the host prohibits parties in its house rules and that as a company, Airbnb prohibits parties and party houses and has taken measures to try to block or cancel potentially risky reservations.

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