Virginia Beach grapples with Airbnb rentals after deadly shooting at College Weekend party

By Mary Beth Gahan

When Yuanming He rented out his townhome on Airbnb two weeks ago, the Old Dominion University student who booked it promised there would be no parties and no more than three people on site.

Instead, witnesses said, around a hundred people showed up at the two-bedroom house a couple of miles from the Oceanfront during College Beach Weekend. Police were called there twice: once for a report of gunshots and again three hours later for a shooting that left 20-year-old Darren Campbell dead.

The homeowner, who lives in China, didn’t know what had happened at his place south of Interstate 264 until he was contacted by The Virginian-Pilot.

The worst-case scenario has now become part of the debate about short-term home and room rentals through Airbnb, a website that allows people to list such properties for temporary lodging.

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