Two teens were killed and at least eight others were wounded in a Pittsburgh shooting that took place at a large party over the weekend, police said.
The shooting occurred around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday (April 17) in the East Allegheny neighborhood at a residence that was rented through Airbnb, investigators revealed. More than 90 rounds from multiple guns were fired during the shooting, and police are currently searching for multiple suspects.
According to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office, the two minors that were fatally shot were both 17-year-old males. Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert confirmed that eight others were left with gunshot wounds and at least five others were injured while running away from gunfire.
An estimated 200 people were in attendance, the City said in a news release, majority of them were underage.
The police chief described the scene as "chaotic" and that when officers arrived to the property, they saw people running from the area.
"You had people who were fleeing, just trying to get out of there," Schubert told CNN. "Here we are at Easter and we have multiple families, two that won't see a loved one," the chief said.
"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. Several more shots were fired outside the home," the news release stated.
Police are still determining what happened before the shooting, but preliminary investigation revealed that an altercation occurred before shots were fired.
Pittsburgh public schools are on "modified lockdown" on Monday (April 18) in response to the shooting the district described as "horrific." It's not clear whether party-goers are students of the area schools, but police said most of them were minors.
As far as the Airbnb, the person who booked the property has been banned from the platform for life, the company said in a statement, adding that parties are not authorized as part of Airbnb rental agreements. The company said it's considering "all legal options" against the person who rented the property and has been in touch with police and the Mayor's office.
All people who create an account on the app have to be 18 years or older. The owner of the rental property was not aware of the party taking place, the company added.
"We share the Pittsburgh community's outrage regarding this tragic gun violence. Our hearts go out to all who were impacted –– including loved ones of those who lost their lives, injured victims, and neighbors," Airbnb's statement said.
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