Teen girl shot at Airbnb 16th birthday party. Fresno police made a surprise discovery
A 15-year-old girl is in the hospital after being shot Sunday night at a 16-year-old’s birthday party at an Airbnb rental home in central Fresno. According to Fresno police Lt. Paul Cervantes, the shooting occurred just before 9 p.m. at a home on Vagedes Avenue just north of Olive Avenue. No adults were present in the Airbnb at the time of the shooting. Officers found the girl inside the home with a gunshot wound to her upper torso. She was taken to Community Regional Medical Center where she was rushed into surgery with her condition unknown.
Cervantes said officers learned that the home was rented for a 16-year-old’s birthday party with no adults present. Cervantes said the shooting happened after a group was asked to leave the party. Police said they were unsure how many were in the group asked to leave or how many shots were fired. Members of the group asked to leave began to flee the area in a vehicle after the shooting but crashed into a parked car. They then fled on foot.
“The birthday party was posted on social media and then the party, for lack of better words, got out of control,” Cervantes said. “It was nothing short of a melee, it was chaotic, pandemonium. Individuals were fleeing on foot hopping fences, cars leaving the area crashing into parked vehicles.” Cervantes said police initially received reports of a second shooting victim but officers later determined the victim was a teen who was injured trying to flee from the gunfire. A house and two parked cars were hit by gunfire.
“We condemn the senseless gun violence that took place in Fresno on Sunday. Airbnb bans parties, as well as the use of the platform by anyone under the age of 18 — and we have zero tolerance for anyone who attempts to circumvent such defenses. We have permanently banned this guest’s account from our platform and stand ready to support the Fresno Police Department in their investigation.” The company notes that parties are banned in the listing and Airbnb has policies and systems aimed at trying to stop unauthorized parties.
A 15-year-old girl is in the hospital after being shot Sunday night at a 16-year-old’s birthday party at an Airbnb rental home in central Fresno. According to Fresno police Lt. Paul Cervantes, the shooting occurred just before 9 p.m. at a home on Vagedes Avenue just north of Olive Avenue. No adults were present in…