Airbnb sues host of Pittsburgh party that killed two in shooting

Following an Easter weekend house party shooting at an Airbnb in Pittsburgh that killed two teens and eight more with gunshot wounds, Airbnb says it plans to take legal action against the person who booked the party.

“Airbnb strictly prohibits parties and we condemn the behavior that would have led to this criminal gun violence and tragic loss of life,” spokesman Ben Breit said in an emailed statement. The edge† The booking guest has been permanently banned from the platform, he said. The party was “unauthorized,” Breit added, and was held without the host’s knowledge or consent.

The shooting occurred on Easter Sunday just after 12:30 p.m., according to the Pittsburgh Police Department. About 200 people were at the party in the East Allegheny neighborhood, and police said as many as 50 shots were fired inside, forcing some people to jump out of windows to escape. Security footage showed that the Pittsburgh Police Department visited the party scene around 11 p.m. in response to a noise complaint, but left after alerting a person — who said he owned the property — to turn off the music. to make it softer. Pittsburgh City Paper reported.

In June 2019, Pittsburgh was the site of a deadly shooting at an Airbnb rental in the city’s Hill District neighborhood, where two people were shot and killed.

Airbnb banned “party houses” in November 2019 after five people were killed in a shooting at a major Halloween party at a rental in California. The policy prohibits gatherings of more than 16 people and states that any evidence from parties may result in a $500 fee. The policy includes a curfew from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. and limits the listing of entire homes made by people under the age of 25. Breit also pointed out the company’s neighborhood support line where neighbors can report possible parties or party houses to the company.

On Tuesday, the Pittsburgh City Council passed legislation requiring short-term rental operators to be licensed by the city’s licensing department. Property owners should keep records of anyone who entered the property and designate a contact person who is available to authorities in case of an emergency.

Airbnb said Wednesday it was in close contact with the Pittsburgh Police Department and the office of Mayor Ed Gainey to support the investigation into the shootings. At the time of writing, no arrests have been made yet.

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