Matteo Calandra Staff Reporter, The Pawprint
Airbnb responds to a mass shooting at a Halloween party in California, which took place at a house rented through the company, by banning “party houses”.
Two guns were found by police in the household rented. The house was reportedly used for an unauthorized party with more than 100 partygoers after the small group who rented the house posted the event on Instagram. 5 were killed during the shooting.
Witnesses say that a total of 20 gunshots were fired by the gunman, however, no arrests have yet been made as the identity of the shooter is still unclear.
Three people died in the house located in Orinda (near San Francisco), whereas the other two were seriously injured and brought to the hospital. Several hours later they died in an Orinda hospital.
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky posted on his Twitter account regarding the company, stating that actions will be taken.
“Starting today, we are banning “party houses” and we are redoubling our efforts to combat unauthorized parties and get rid of abusive host and guest conduct, including conduct that leads to the terrible events we saw in Orinda.”
“What happened on Thursday night in Orinda, CA was horrible. I feel for the families and neighbors impacted by this tragedy – we are working to support them,” Chesky added.
Moreover, California Governor Gavin Newsom called for Congress to pass gun control legislation. “Our hearts are aching for the victims and all those affected by this horrific tragedy,” he said.