Royal Oak police probe report of gunfire at Airbnb rental house

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Royal Oak — Police said they are investigating a report of shots fired Saturday in the area of Pingree Boulevard and Virginia Avenue.

Officials said no victims have been identified.

At about 11:50 p.m. Saturday, police received numerous 911 calls about multiple gunshots in the neighborhood near North Main Street and Farnum.

Officers set up a perimeter around the area and conducted traffic stops on several vehicles fleeing the location, according to authorities. Police found one of the drivers, a 20-year-old Clinton Township man, was under the influence of alcohol and had a stolen firearm in his possession.

A preliminary investigation showed the incident originated at a large party held at a home in the 400 block of Pingree. Investigators said the house had been rented through Airbnb and a planned party at the address was posted on social media.

Police also said there were more than 20 people still at the home when officers arrived. They spoke to people at the party, but none of them were cooperative.

Airbnb issued a statement saying the party was unauthorized, meaning the host did not consent to the activity.

"Unauthorized parties represent a serious breach of trust, and we are outraged at the reported violence," Airbnb said in the statement. "We have banned the booking guest from our platform and are providing support to our host. We also stand ready to support Royal Oak PD in their investigation."

Anyone with information about the incident should call Royal Oak Police's Criminal Investigation Division at 9248) 246-3456.

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