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Airbnb bans “party houses” after 5 were killed in California shooting

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 17: Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky speaks onstage during "Introducing Trips" Reveal at Airbnb Open LA on November 17, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for Airbnb) *** Local Caption *** Brian Chesky

More than 100 people were partying on Thursday night at an Airbnb rental in Orinda, California, when a shooting was reported to Orinda Police Officers.

In a statement the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office wrote, that “Arriving Officers found a highly chaotic scene that included gunshot victims, injured party-goers, and numerous people fleeing the scene. Officers triaged the victims, cleared the location for safety and safeguarded the crime scene. Law enforcement officers found three gunshot victims who were later pronounced deceased at the scene. Another died at the hospital.”

Later on the office published an update, announcing that an additional victim from the shooting has been pronounced deceased at the hospital.

Yahoo Finance published an article, including that “the woman who rented the home lied to her Airbnb host, saying she was renting it for family members who needed to escape smoky air from wildfires.”

Brian Chesky, co-founder, Head of Community and CEO of Airbnb wrote in a series of tweets, that Airbnb is “banning ‘party houses’ and redoubling its 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.”

According to Chesky, Airbnb wants to improve its operations by expanding its screening of high-risk reservations, working with a “party house” rapid response team and “taking immediate action against users who violate these enhanced guest policies, including removal.”

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