Michael Wang, the owner of the Airbnb rental home, reportedly said he was "suspicious" of the request for a one-night stay over Halloween and reminded the group that parties were prohibited as part of their agreement, according to an unnamed source.
An Orinda, Calif., police officer lets a resident's auto pass through the police line tape near the scene where five people were killed during a Halloween Party shooting at an AirBnb rental house.
CEO Brian Chesky announced Saturday on Twitter that Airbnb is "redoubling our efforts to combat unauthorized parties", including expanded manual screening for reservations deemed "high-risk" and the creation of a rapid response team to address issues related to such gatherings.
"We must do better, and we will".
The home was rented through Airbnb by a woman who claimed that she wanted a dozen family members with asthma to escape the smoke from a giant wildfire in neighboring Sonoma County, according to a person with knowledge of the transaction.
For More of This and Other Stories, Grab Your Copy of the Standard Newspaper. West said police officers advised him to stop video recording the activities at the rental house.
Three people died at home, in the town of Orinda, near San Francisco, and two more died later in the hospital.
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Airbnb has always banned unauthorized parties, but it plans to increase enforcement of that policy. "When we arrived there, the police were already there".
Airbnb chief executive Brian Chesky said: "What happened on Thursday night in Orinda was disgusting".
She said her home can host up to six people, so she usually tries to cater to families that she believes will be more responsible.
Neighbors spotted unusual activity and alerted the rental property's owner, who allegedly warned the renter that no parties are allowed.
The sheriff's office said several of the injured were taken by ambulance to local hospitals by ambulance, while some victims transported themselves to the hospital.
Orinda Mayor Inga Miller said the city will again discuss short-term rentals at a City Council meeting this week.
Airbnb is "urgently investigating" what happened, spokesman Ben Breit said in an email.
One partygoer, Devan, said he was enjoying the music and watching people dance when he heard shots. "'People were just collapsing and friends were helping friends.' He said the screaming seemed to 'last forever". "I'm super happy. I know that it's gonna be a good trip", Théberge said.