Scottsdale Airbnb shooting motivates opponents of short-term rentals

A shooting in Scottsdale at a short-term rental earlier this month has residents and elected officials doubling down on their opposition to Airbnb-style vacation rentals.

Mary Healey, who lives next door to where the shooting happened, said short-term rentals in the neighborhood were out of control. There are often loud parties at the property, she said, but the shooting was a next-level disturbance.

“That bullet could have gone through the garage, my bedroom and my head,” she said. “It’s pretty scary.”

The non-lethal shot occurred near McDowell Road and North Hayden Road at 4am on September 9. The victim was shot three times, according to the Scottsdale Police Department. Police later arrested two people in connection with the shooting.

Opposition to Airbnbs and other short-term rentals was already significant in Scottsdale and other parts of the Valley. Some residents and elected officials say they are making neighborhoods less safe and eating away at the housing supply the city desperately needs.

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