Police were searching for a motive and suspects Monday after a deadly Easter weekend shooting at a Pittsburgh party left two teens dead and at least eight other people wounded.
More than 200 people, many underage, were inside an Airbnb rental when the shooting occurred early Sunday morning, Pittsburgh police said. More than 90 rounds were fired during the shooting, according to gunshot detection system ShotSpotter, and police believe the number could be higher.
Late Sunday, the two teens were identified as Jaiden Brown and Mathew Steffy-Ross, both 17, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office.
No arrests were immediately reported and police did not comment on a possible motive. Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert decried the number of illegal guns in the city during a Sunday press conference.
Bullet casings indicate multiple weapons were used at the scene, and Schubert said multiple witnesses have come forward to help police with their investigation.
“This is our priority and we’re not going to sleep until we get who did this,” Schubert said. “This shouldn’t have happened and we’re sick about it and we’re going to do everything we can to get those responsible for it.”
Eight people were being treated for gunshot wounds and five others were injured trying to escape and seek cover, Schubert said. Pittsburgh police have been working with multiple crime scenes near the rental home as part of their investigation, he said.
Sunday’s shooting happened in Pittsburgh’s East Allegheny neighborhood, also known as Deutschtown, on the city’s North Side.
Airbnb spokesperson Ben Breit confirmed to the Associated Press that the house was rented through the company. He said the booker, who would have had to be 18 or older per Airbnb rules, has received a lifetime ban.
Breit’s statement says the party was thrown without the knowledge of the host, whose listing banned parties and advertised an overnight noise curfew. Breit said Airbnb was cooperating with authorities.
The gunfire in Pittsburgh was one of three high-profile shootings over the holiday weekend.
In Hampton County, South Carolina, at least nine people were injured in a shooting at a club, and 14 people were hurt when gunfire erupted at a crowded Columbia, South Carolina, mall Saturday, sending shoppers scrambling for safety.
Contributing: Associated Press