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Pittsburgh police say they’ve identified person seen in photos in relation to Airbnb mass shooting

PITTSBURGH — UPDATE (May 11): Pittsburgh police said they have identified the male in the photos.

Previous coverage (May 10):

Pittsburgh Police homicide detectives are asking you to take a good look at these pictures of a man they say is connected to the Easter morning mass shooting at a packed Airbnb on Suismon Street in the city’s North Side.

The man is wearing Nike sneakers with tags still on them, an Adidas head and face covering, jeans and a black hoodie that appears to say “FRIENDS” on the front.

Nearly 100 rounds were fired in and outside the rental just after 12:30 a.m. Easter morning, sending hundreds of teenagers running for their lives. City Councilman Bobby Wilson says it was traumatic.

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“I can’t imagine what people were thinking in that moment, especially when you have people trying to run away and jump from windows,” Wilson tells Channel 11.

Two 17-year-olds, Jaiden Brown and Mathew Steffy-Ross, were murdered. Nine others were wounded, and even more were injured trying to jump out of windows. Neighbors say they just want to see someone held accountable.

“We’re a little anxious,” neighbor Sarah Everett said.

The shooting happened just after 12:30 a.m. At 12:36 a.m., the man police want to talk to was seen on surveillance video trying to get into a nearby hotel. Staff at the hotel say they went into an active shooter lockdown, and the second set of automatic glass doors was locked, leaving the man in the vestibule with no way to get inside the hotel. Managers say the staff did everything right and, in turn, not a single guest was in danger. That hotel’s surveillance footage might also be the key to cracking this case.

“We need to bring some justice to the families,” Wilson tells Channel 11. “I know the families are looking for peace.”

Wilson is introducing Airbnb legislation. He wants a sticker in each window of short-term rentals so public safety and neighbors are aware of where they’re located. There will be a public hearing May 19 at 1 p.m. for neighbors to weigh in about Airbnbs on the North Side.

Wilson added that for those affected by the trauma of the mass shooting, there is help available at the Centers for Victims. For information and resources, click here.