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Five killed in mass shooting at Halloween party in California

Five killed in mass shooting at Halloween party in California

Five people were killed and “several” others were injured in Orinda, Calif., after gunfire erupted at a Halloween party in an Airbnb rental Thursday night, according to police in the San Francisco Bay area.

The shooting began just before 11 p.m. in a posh hillside community about 17 miles east of downtown San Francisco. Officers described a chaotic scene, saying they there were more than 100 people on the property when they arrived, some of them nursing fresh wounds, others fleeing into the night.

Three victims were pronounced dead at the scene and another died later at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, Contra Costa County’s trauma center, according to a statement released Friday by the sheriff’s department. A fifth victim died in the hospital late Friday, the sheriff said in a statement.

All the victims were under 30, according to police, who identified them as Tiyon Farley, 22; Omar Taylor, 24; Ramon Hill Jr., 23; Javin County, 29; and Oshiana Tompkins, 19.

Ambulances rushed injured victims to the hospital before midnight, while others transported themselves to the hospital, according to police. “The injured suffered from gunshot wounds and injuries sustained while fleeing the scene,” the sheriff said.

At the John Muir Medical Center, one victim was in critical condition, one was in serious condition, and another was treated and released, said Ben Drew, a hospital spokesperson.

Police had not identified any suspects nor indicated what led to the shooting as of late Friday.

A neighbor told KRON4 that he had heard “a bunch of gun shots” before he saw and heard “people screaming and fleeing down the hill.”

Footage from the ABC News affiliate showed victims limping from the deadly party and weeping in the street, while paramedics loaded a stretcher into an ambulance. Other witnesses told NBC Bay Area that the party had been attended by many college students.

Airbnb did not respond to a request for comment from The Washington Post, but told SFGate that the host did not authorize Thursday’s party.

“The listing’s house rules specifically don’t allow parties. The home’s listing has been removed from the site as the situation is under investigation,” the outlet reported.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the homeowner, Michael Wang, said he had rented the property to a woman who claimed to be organizing a 12-person family reunion.

After receiving noise complaints Thursday from neighbors, Wang checked his home security cameras. He observed well over a dozen people inside and called the police, the Chronicle reported. The shooting began before officers arrived.
“Investigation is ongoing,” the county sheriff’s office said on Facebook.