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Illegal house parties keep happening despite LVMPD plea

Posted at 6:21 PM, Aug 15, 2020

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Despite the plea from the police to not have illegal house parties at short-term rental houses in the Las Vegas area, they keep happening, making people concerned for their safety.

The last deadly shooting of this type happened early today near Fort Apache and Alexander roads. Police say this was a house party in a short-term rental where at least 35 people were in attendance.

Several residents in the area spoke with 13 Action News off-camera and said they were concerned with their safety after hearing the multiple gunshots. They also hope this is an isolated incident in their quiet neighborhood.

RELATED: Airbnb warns against guests hosting parties in Las Vegas

Security Unlimited owner Annette Lexis says that having a security guard could make a difference.

“I know that a lot of the AirBnBs are the ones that are having the problems because they’re going to the AirBnB and having them, you know the problems. But a lot of times if just a regular security guard goes in there and asks them to stop, it will help. But the police usually need to be called because they've already rented the stuff, the people are all out of town, they’re having their parties at the AirBnBs and that's what goes on," said Lexis.

She also suggests that if you’re in a dangerous situation, you need to know how to act.

“You have to be concerned about your own safety and get out of there and call Metro as fast as possible,” advised Lexis.

LVMPD recently announced that at least 15 shootings and three other homicides at short-term rentals have occurred during recent months.

Airbnb just announced they suspended 20 house listings across the county that have received complaints or violated their policies on parties and events.