Five People Were Shot And Killed At A Halloween Party At An Airbnb Rental
The person who rented the Airbnb for the party told the host they needed the house for relatives who have asthma to escape the fire in Northern California.
Five people were killed when gunfire broke out at a Halloween party at an Airbnb rental in California on Thursday.
Three people were pronounced dead at the scene after police arrived, and a fourth died later at the hospital. The Contra Costa Sheriff's office confirmed Friday night that a fifth person had died. Other victims were taken to local hospitals by ambulance, according to police.
The total number of injuries is currently unknown, according to a statement from the Contra Costa Sheriff's office, which said that more than 100 people from throughout Bay Area were at the party.
Police identified the victims as Tiyon Farley, 22, of Antioch, Omar Taylor, 24, of Pittsburg, Ramon Hill Jr., 23, of San Francisco/Oakland, and 29-year-old Javin County, 29, of Sausalito/Richmond. The fifth victim was identified by officials as Oshiana Tompkins, 19, of Vallejo/Hercules.
The party took place at an Airbnb rental on Lucille Way in Orinda that had been rented for the occasion. Police were dispatched just before 11 p.m. after receiving reports of gunfire.
A spokesperson for Airbnb said the rental hosts had explicitly banned parties, weapons, and marijuana in their listing for the residence and had stated that quiet hours should be observed between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m.
“We are horrified by this tragedy and are in close communication with Chief David Cook of Orinda Police to offer our support with his investigation into who committed this senseless violence,” Airbnb spokesperson Ben Breit said in a statement. He added that the renter has now been banned from the platform.
The host of the Airbnb rental restated in a message to the renter that parties were not allowed at the residence, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, who speculated that the host may have been suspicious about the timing of the booking.
The renter had responded by saying that they wanted to book the property because family members with asthma needed to get away from the wildfires that are burning in the area, the source said.
Michael Wang, who reportedly owns the home, told the San Francisco Chronicle that the renter had wanted to have a family reunion at the Lucille Way house after "going through issues."
Video shared on Instagram from the party shows people dressed up in costumes dancing and drinking. What appear to be gunshots can also be heard.
"Party got shot up on camera," the Instagram story caption states.
The person who shared the video, Jasmine, who asked to be identified by her first name only, told BuzzFeed News the gunfire came out of nowhere.
"Everything was perfectly fine, and then it just was gunshots," Jasmine told BuzzFeed News. "There wasn’t even an argument before or anything. They just started shooting out of nowhere."
Jasmine said the experience was “traumatic” and described bodies laying on the floor.
“I had blood all over me. Somebody next to me got shot,” she said.
The investigation is ongoing, according to the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office.
The office said Friday evening that two firearms were located at the house, but officials had not determined whether they were used in the shooting. A suspect has not been identified.
Orinda police and the host of the rental house did not immediately respond to requests for comment.