Two minors were killed and at least eight people were wounded in a mass shooting at a large party inside an Airbnb rental house in Pittsburgh early on April 17, police said.
The incident occurred at around 12:30 a.m. to a house party where as many as 200 people were in attendance, many of them underage, in the East Allegheny neighborhood, according to the police.
Upon arriving on the scene, police located gunshot victims — two of whom were male juveniles who were pronounced dead in the hospital.
One of the boys was as young as 14, Police Chief Scott Schubert said at a press conference.
At least eight other victims were receiving treatment for gunshot wounds and other injuries.
“As many as 50 rounds were fired inside, prompting some party-goers to jump out the windows, sustaining injuries such as broken bones and lacerations,” police said.
Schubert confirmed that multiple shooters were involved, saying that an altercation occurred and guns were fired inside and outside of the residence, potentially back and forth.
No arrests have been reported and no suspects were immediately identified.
Police said investigators are processing evidence at as many as eight separate crime scenes.
In an emailed statement, Airbnb said that it has reached out to the Pittsburgh police department and the Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey’s office to help in the investigation.
“Airbnb strictly bans parties, and we condemn the behavior that is alleged to have prompted this criminal gun violence,” Airbnb spokesperson Ben Breit said.
Breit confirmed that the party was “unauthorized” and thrown without the host’s knowledge of consent.
The individual who booked the house has been issued a lifetime ban from Airbnb, Breit also said.
Airbnb is also “considering all legal options” to hold the person accountable, Breit added.
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