A gunman killed four people and injured several others in a mass shooting at an off-campus college Halloween party in an Airbnb in California‘s Bay Area.
Police rushed to the 100 block of Lucille Way in Orinda – a quiet, affluent community of 18,000 in the Bay Area – at around 11pm on Thursday, where more than 100 young people had been partying in a rented property.
Officers described feeling overwhelmed by the sheer numbers at the chaotic house party, where four revelers were found dead and others staggered around with gunshot wounds, according to KTVU.
The station KQED reported on Friday that Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jimmy Lee said police are still searching for the gunman.
The event had been advertised on Instagram as an ‘AirBNB mansion party,’ according to
Footage uploaded to Instagram moments before the shooting erupted purported to show revelers smoking joints, dancing and others in Halloween costumes at the colossal property in suburban Oakland.
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Police cars pack Lucille Way, Orinda County, on Thursday night after the shooting was reported at around 11pm
Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office sent out a tweet early Friday confirming four fatalities
A flyer purportedly for the house party advertises an ‘AIR BNB MANSION PARTY’ and asks guests to BYOB (bring your own booze) and BYOW (bring your own weed)
Police were summoned at around 11pm on Thursday to Lucille Way, Orinda County, where dozens of students had been partying in a rented property (pictured: emergency services rush a victim from the scene on a stretcher)
Two women believed to be guests at the party are seen staggering from the scene following the overnight shooting in Orinda
A purported victim is seen being taken away on a stretcher by first responders
Numerous emergency vehicles were on the scene and victims could be seen being carted into the back of at least six ambulances.
Local media said some of the attendees had been injured as they bolted over balconies and down stairs at the property.
Broadcast footage showed some of the revelers limping away while police talked to others sat on the ground.
Some of the victims were rushed to the nearby John Muir Health Urgent Care Center for treatment. There is no word on their conditions at this time.
NBC Bay Area reported that a mother and father arrived on the scene seeking information from the police about their daughter, who they have heard had been shot dead.
A neighbor said he heard cracks of gunfire in the house and later talked to the homeowner who said it had been rented out through Airbnb.
Contra Costa County Sheriff’s office tweeted early Friday morning: ‘Orinda homicide update – four fatalities, several injuries. More details coming.’
Believed to show the interior of the Airbnb on Lucille Way where the shooting took place late on Thursday
Contra Costa County Sheriff’s office tweeted: ‘Orinda Police Department and Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff are working a multiple shooting in Orinda. Investigation is active. Details coming later’ (pictured: a squad car at the scene)
An Instagram post had advertised the party’s location as Orinda County, saying that they planned to record a music video and said doors would open at 10pm.
Witnesses said the students at the party were from Laney College,
A dispatcher at the sheriff’s office said the public information officer would release more information later this morning, but he did not provide a time.
There were no details revealed over arrests.
The news follows a mass shooting that left three dead and nine others wounded in Long Beach on Tuesday at another Halloween party in California.
The massive Airbnb property where it is believed the Halloween house party was being hosted last night
Three men aged in their 20s were found dead in the backyard of a house behind a nail salon.
Five other victims were taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries and another four were also later transported to hospital.
Witnesses said people wearing costumes were seen limping out of the building following the attack.
Orinda is located about 17 miles northeast from San Francisco. It was ranked the second-friendliest town in America by Forbes in 2012.
Commenters on Twitter expressed shock that the mass shooting took place in Orinda, which is considered one of the safest cities in the Bay Area.
According to local crime statistics, between 2004-2018, only one murder was reported in Orinda.