Shooting at Airbnb California house party with nearly 200 minors kills 1, injures another

A shooting erupted at a house party attended by nearly 200 minors at an Airbnb rental property in northern California over the weekend, leaving one adult dead and another undergoing surgery.

Police responded to a report of a musical disruption of a big party around 10:19 p.m. Saturday at a house on the 1400 block of Navarro Drive in Sunnyvale, located in northwest Santa Clara County, on the border with San Jose. Upon arrival, Sunnyvale agents estimated there were around 150-200 attendees, many of whom were between 16 and 19 years old.

Police were standing outside waiting for additional resources and trying to identify the owner when gunshots rang out inside the party. Two adult victims were located with gunshot wounds and officers began emergency medical treatment, the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety said.

The two victims were transported to a local hospital in San José. One died of his injuries. The second was undergoing surgery and was expected to survive, police said.

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The investigation is ongoing. Authorities are asking anyone with additional information about the case to call Detective Corrine Abernathy at 408-730-7134. No additional information was available.

The shooting took place at a house rented through vacation company Airbnb, Fox 2 KTVU reported, citing Captain Craig Anderson of the Sunnyvale Public Safety Department.

Sunnyvale City Council member Mason Fong, who lives nearby, said he will look into what is legally possible for the area to restrict and require from Airbnb and other providers from a security.

So-called “party houses” have been banned worldwide by Airbnb since 2019.

On Halloween that year, five people in their late teens or twenties were killed when bullets erupted at a party at an Airbnb property in Orinda, Calif., In Contra County. Costa, KGO reported.

The vacation rental company created a 24/7 neighborhood support hotline in the US and Canada and then tightened restrictions in August 2020 to cap rental occupancy worldwide at 16.

“Airbnb is banning parties and we condemn the senseless gun violence that has taken place in Sunnyvale,” a company spokesperson told Fox News via email on Monday. “Our dedicated security team is working urgently to support those affected by this tragedy, and we are working with the Sunnyvale Public Safety Department to offer our assistance in their investigation.”

The spokesperson said the Airbnb host had a ban on parties in its house rules, and the gathering there on Saturday was an “unauthorized party” held without the host’s consent. Airbnb has disabled the ad while it investigates the incident.

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The onset of the pandemic has resulted in restrictions on mass gatherings in California and elsewhere, and now cities like San Francisco are planning to enforce vaccination warrants for police and firefighters in light of the highly transmissible delta variant of the coronavirus, reported the San Francisco Chronicle.

The California state legislature is also considering a bill that would limit protests at vaccination sites, raising concerns about First Amendment protections, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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