Pittsburgh Mass Shooting: 11 shot, 2 teens dead at party in Airbnb; multiple shooters suspected

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Pittsburgh police are investigating after a tragic mass shooting early Easter Sunday in the East Allegheny neighborhood of the North Side.

Police said that 11 people were shot, two were killed, and five others had other related injuries such as broken bones while attempting to escape the shooting.

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The shooting happened during a large party at the Airbnb with as many as 200 people in attendance, police said. They said that many of the people there were underage.

This is a developing story. We have multiple crews working every angle of this story. Check back often for updates.



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The Shooting

Pittsburgh police say they received multiple ShotSpotter alerts just after 12:30 a.m. in the 800 block of Suismon Street.

When police arrived in the area, more shots were being fired and several young people were running on foot and leaving in cars from an Airbnb property at Suismon Street and Madison Avenue.

Police say a large party was happening at the Airbnb with as many as 200 people in attendance. Police say many of the attendees were underage.

As many as 50 shots were fired inside the house and around 50 more shots were fired outside the house, police say.

Many people who jumped from windows suffered broken bones, cuts, and other minor injuries.

Several shooting victims arrived at various hospitals inside and outside the city by private means, police say.

Ten people were confirmed shot and two male juveniles have died.

Police say there were at least eight different crime scenes related to this incident

Detectives are speaking with witnesses and reviewing available video footage of the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call Pittsburgh Police Major Crimes at 412-323-7161.

What we know about the victims

Pittsburgh police say 11 people were shot, 2 were killed, and 5 others sustained injuries such as broken bones while attempting to escape the shooting.

Many people who jumped from windows suffered broken bones, cuts, and other minor injuries.

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Several shooting victims arrived at various hospitals inside and outside the city by private means, police say.

Two teens who were killed in the shooting were identified as 17-year-old Jaiden Brown and 17-year-old Mathew Steffy-Ross.


Who is responsible?

Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert said that he believes there were multiple shooters in a mass shooting at an Airbnb in a North Side neighborhood.

In a press conference, Chief Schubert said there were different types of shell casings discovered at the scene, leading police to believe there were multiple people who exchanged gunfire.

The search for whoever is responsible continues.

How you can help the investigation

Pittsburgh police is encouraging anyone with information, photos or videos to come forward to catch the person or persons involved.

A link has been set up for anyone with videos or photos that could assist police with the investigation.

Click here if you have something you believe might help police.

Airbnb’s response

Airbnb has issued a statement following a mass shooting at one of their rental properties on the North Side of Pittsburgh.

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In an email to Channel 11, Airbnb issued the following statement:

“We share the Pittsburgh community’s outrage regarding this tragic gun violence. Our hearts go out to all who were impacted -- including loved ones of those who lost their lives, injured victims and neighbors.

Airbnb strictly bans parties, and we condemn the behavior that is alleged to have prompted this criminal gun violence. The booking guest has been issued a lifetime ban from Airbnb and we will be considering all legal options to hold this person accountable.

We have reached out to the Pittsburgh Police Department as well as Mayor Gainey’s team to offer our support for their investigations, and we hope the people responsible for this bloodshed will be found quickly.”

Airbnb told Channel 11 that this was an unauthorized party that was thrown without the knowledge or consent of the host.

The host of the property clearly had rules that stated “No parties allowed, any evidence of parties will result in a $500 fee.” and “please respect the noise curfew 10pm-7am,” according to Airbnb.

Airbnb also said that users must be at least 18-years-old to have an account with them.


‘It was rapid fire’: Witnesses react to the shooting

“I mean it was rapid fire. It wasn’t just a little bit of fire. [It was like], ‘Bang, bang, bang, bang, bang,’” said Leonard Verdetto, who watched the 1:30 a.m. shooting from his home across the street.

“We looked out the window and people were running out the door and screaming, yelling, crying,” he said.

According to police, 11 young partygoers were shot and two were killed. Five others were injured trying to get away.

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“You’re in that second floor and you have to make a decision like, ‘I’m going to jump out of a second-floor window and break through glass’ and stuff like that. That’s just a really scary situation,” said Mitchell Wilston, who lives down the street and captured video of the tragedy from his home surveillance camera.

On the video, you can see the crowd scatter when the shooting starts. One victim even used Wilston’s car for support.

“It looked like someone ran this way and then leaned up against the back of our car, and it was just blood everywhere,” he said.

Verdetto used to own the bar across the street from the home that operates as an Airbnb and still lives behind the bar.

He saw the crowd of 200 young people lining up to get into the rental home hours before the shooting.

“The line was still going and going and going and I said, ‘I don’t know how the hell they’re going to get all those people in there,’” he said.

Wilston said the home has been an Airbnb for about two years.

“It’s never been disruptive or an issue or anything like that,” he said. “There’s never been ragers there or anything like that.”