Airbnb intends to take legal action against the host of an Easter house party at a rented Airbnb property in Pittsburgh. This comes after a shooting incident at the location left two teenagers dead and at least eight others injured.
Airbnb spokesperson Ben Breit, in a statement to The Verge, stated, “Airbnb strictly bans parties, and we condemn the behaviour that is alleged to have prompted this criminal gun violence and the tragic loss of life.” Breit said, “The booking guest has been permanently barred from the platform.” He went on to say that the party was “unauthorised” and was held without the property owner’s knowledge or consent.
According to Pittsburgh police, the incident occurred on Easter Sunday shortly after 12:30 a.m. Police claimed up to 50 bullets were fired inside the party in the city’s East Allegheny district, prompting some individuals to leap out of windows to escape.
In June 2019, two people were shot and murdered in a tragic shooting at an Airbnb home in Pittsburgh’s Hill District area.
After five people were killed in a shooting incident at a property in California during a huge Halloween party, Airbnb banned “party homes” in November 2019. Airbnb’s policy forbids gatherings of more than 16 people and imposes a $500 fine for any proof of parties. The ordinance imposes a curfew from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. and prohibits people under the age of 25 from listing entire homes for rent.
Airbnb on Wednesday stated that it is working closely with Pittsburgh police and Mayor Ed Gainey’s office to further assist with the investigation into the shootings. No arrests have yet been made until now.