Two teenagers who were killed when multiple people shot at a crowd of teenagers on an Airbnb party early Sunday morning have been identified. Police say Mathew Steffy-Ross and Jaiden Brown – both 17 – died of gunshot wounds they sustained at a party with about 200 people crammed into a second-floor rental home in the area. Pittsburgh’s East Allegheny Street.
Several others were injured when gunfire broke out, either by bullets or in the chaos that followed. Several people at the party described how people jumped out of second-story windows and pushed through doors to escape the shots.
Local media reports on Sunday morning showed bullet holes in the wall and several broken windows. “Initial investigation revealed that a large party was being held at the short-term rental property, with approximately 200 people in attendance, many of whom were underage,” police said in a statement Sunday. Japan. “Up to 50 bullets were fired inside, causing several partygoers to jump out of windows, sustaining injuries such as broken bones and lacerations. More shots were fired outside the house. ”
On Monday, police doubled the number, saying nearly 100 rounds were fired at the crowded party.
Police have not yet made any arrests, but said ballistic evidence, including shell casings from several weapons, suggested several people opened fire. They asked anyone who may have attended the party for cell phone photos or videos that could provide clues as to what sparked the gunfight. Sheriff Scott Schubert said initial information indicated that some sort of commotion broke out and then “gunfire was exchanged.”
Pittsburgh Public Schools confirmed that four of its students were among the injured, though it did not say if any of its students were among the dead. Interim Superintendent Wayne Walters said Monday that all schools will be adjusted to a closed state out of an abundance of caution. “So many families have been affected by [Sunday’s] tragedy,” he said, according to local media report. “Our thoughts are with the families of loved ones who have lost and anyone who is experiencing grief and trauma during this time.”
Schubert told reporters that a full investigation is underway and that they currently have no suspects or motives. “We won’t sleep until we find out who did this,” he told a news conference. “This shouldn’t have happened. We are sick of it. We will do everything we can to claim those responsible for it. “