SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — An illegal party at an Airbnb rental ended in a shooting, with witnesses telling KRON4 that people ran through yards and on roofs to get away from the bullets.
On Wednesday night, the shooting is putting a lot of people on edge.
And they are questioning if a delayed San Francisco law, which is set to start next year, could have stopped the violence.
A community meeting about the shooting took place on Wednesday night in the city’s Bernal Heights neighborhood.
The meeting wrapped up just before 8 p.m. Neighbors are just learning that a known gang rented the house for that party on their street.
And when a rival gang found out about the house party, they came to cause trouble, according to police.
The infamous house at 212 Banks Street is vacant but quite the party took place on Saturday, Oct. 14.
The event got popular because it was promoted on social media. But it ended in violence when police say two rival gangs began shooting at one another.
Ann Golden lives next door and says cars drove up her street firing at random.
“Automatic gunfire broke out from the end the block,” Golden said. “My car got completely shot up but not my house.”
Bernal Heights neighbors alarmed by the violence came to this community meeting to question their elected officials and police.
The owner of 212 Banks is in Bali, according to city supervisor Hillary Ronen.
Since he doesn’t live at the home, renting it on sites like Airbnb for a weekend is in violation of the city short-term rental policy.
Also by Jan. 2018, all users must be registered with the city.
If the law was in place now, the result might have been different.
“This never would have happened because this absentee landlord could never have rented his home, in the middle of the quiet, family neighborhood, for parties,” Ronen said.
A few cars left parked on Banks Street are still wounded by bullet holes.
And neighbors say their roofs and yard were damaged when the dozens of people at the party ran from the gunfire.
Airbnb tells KRON4, the host is now permanently removed from its platform. And its insurance program will reimburse neighbors for any property damage.
Still, Banks Street will never be the same.
“I wasn’t comfortable with it being rented out with nobody living in it,” Golden said. “There was no management of what was going on.”
Two people from the party were hurt in the shooting.
Police did apologize to neighbors because so many made calls to 911 about the loud party on their street and police did not respond.
The captain said dispatchers should have known better.
— Justine Waldman (@JustineWaldman) October 26, 2017
— Justine Waldman (@JustineWaldman) October 26, 2017
Here is the full Airbnb statement:
“There have been over 200 million guest arrivals in Airbnb listings and negative incidents are extremely rare. We have zero tolerance for this type of behavior and upon learning of this incident, we permanently banned this guest from our platform and suspended the listing. Additionally, we have reached out to law enforcement to offer our assistance and are in contact with city officials. The overwhelming majority of Airbnb hosts and guests are good neighbors and respectful travelers, but when issues happen to arise, we work to make things right.
Regarding the neighbors that were impacted, we are currently working to support them under our Host Protection Insurance program which will cover property damage that resulted from this incident.”
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More on Safety
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- Detailed Profiles: Each and every person on Airbnb has a detailed profile page with information about themselves and their home. In order to sign up for Airbnb, you must provide us a full name, date of birth, photo, phone number, and email address. Hosts can also require that guests provide a government ID before booking their listing, and then the host in turn is required to do so as well.
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- Reviews: Plus, you also have a global community to rely on. If you’re curious what previous guests have thought about your potential host or home or if you want to know what another host’s experience has been with a prospective guest, all you need to do is check their reviews. Guests and hosts publicly review each other and only do so after the reservation is complete, so you know the feedback is informed and real.
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- Of our more than 30 million trips in 2016, significant property damage (claims reimbursed under our Host Guarantee program for over $1,000) was reported in only 0.009% of stays. At that rate, you could host a new reservation every single day for over 27 years without expecting to file a significant property damage claim under our Host Guarantee.
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