ARDEN-ARCADE (CBS13) – Authorities are investigating after three people were shot overnight at an Airbnb party in the Arden-Arcade area, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department announced on Sunday.
Investigators said the victims, all in their 20s, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to the hospital for treatment. Their identities were not released.
The shooting happened just before 1:45 a.m. in the area of Howe Avenue and Delma Way.
“I then hear my daughter in the background screaming, ‘Mom, mom I’ve been shot, come help me please, please come get me,” said the mother of one of the victims.
That plea came from her 22-year-old daughter.
“I was terrified, that’s my baby,” she said.
The mother did not want to be identified. She said her daughter was standing outside the house party when she heard gunfire and ran. The bullet hit her in the back and came out near her chest.
“That could have easily been a call saying my child was deceased. No parent wants that phone call,” she said.
Two others were shot. A source close to the victims’ families said one young man has nerve damage and underwent surgery, while another victim still has a bullet in her arm.
Neighbors said they heard an argument before the shooting at the Airbnb house.
“You could tell something was escalating,” said neighbor Calvin Elam.
Elam lives across the street from where the shooting happened. He said his street was packed with cars throughout the night.
“People all out in the streets crying and yelling and screaming, it was crazy,” Elam said.
Investigators estimate 30 to 40 people came to the party defying social distancing health orders.
“Please stay home, practice your social distancing we know you’re bored but again, this being an Airbnb party, people may have not known each other. It was probably advertised in some sort of way and everybody went and things happen,” said Deputy Lacey Nelson.
No one has been arrested. Investigators are interviewing several people. They are still working to identify a suspect and a motive.
“Airbnb spots, people you don’t know, social gatherings – we shouldn’t be doing them. Just please use your common sense and your best judgment, even if you are bored and at home and you’re young,” Nelson said.
Airbnb has temporarily deactivated the listing pending an investigation. A spokesperson for the company said that the party was thrown without the knowledge of the host.
“We are outraged by the reported behavior and violence, which goes against everything our community stands for. We have banned the booking guest from our platform as we urgently investigate this incident,” said Ben Breit, a spokesperson for the company.
The 22-year-old victim’s mom said she wants whoever is responsible for the shooting to turn themselves in.
“Take accountability for your own actions. You were bold enough to pull that trigger, be bold enough to go ahead and turn yourself in,” she said.
Any witnesses to the shooting are encouraged to contact the sheriff’s department.