Neighborhood Shaken Up After They Said Tulsa House Party Ended In Gunfire

Wednesday, August 5th 2020, 6:32 pm
By: Reagan Ledbetter

TULSA, Okla. -

People in a midtown Tulsa neighborhood are shaken up and mad, after someone fired dozens of gunshots at a home.

They said those stray bullets hit cars, houses and trees and it’s just lucky they didn’t any people.

Neighbors said there was a big party at rental home down the street. They woke up to what they thought were fireworks, but it was really gun shots.

"There are cars with bullet holes. The houses with bullet holes. The neighbor’s house and his car with bullet holes. We had trees in our front yard that had bullet holes in them,” said Chris Fling who lives down the street.

Fling said never imagined he would wake up to the sound of gunshots outside of his house.

"It sounded like literally big fireworks, right inside the house,” said Fling.

Fling said someone was having a big party at the house being rented out on Airbnb down the street and it got out of hand.

Neighbors heard the noise but didn’t realize it was gunshots until they saw the damage the next morning.

"They clearly shot from this spot, this way and then there were two cars here and they got back in them,” said Fling. “We saw them all jump back in the cars and peel out of here.”

Police said they found several .40, .45 and .22 caliber shell casings the next day.

The agent who manages the Airbnb sent us a statement saying,

“We are horrified and extremely upset that this happened, especially at our property and in a neighborhood where we enjoyed living for five years and where several of our friends currently live. We fully understand our neighbor’s concerns.
We were out of town the night of the reservation. After receiving a call from a neighbor that a party was occurring, we contacted our property manager who notified the police of the disturbance and drove past the property. When driving past the property, it wasn’t evident there was a party still occurring, and our neighbor similarly let us know that it looked like most of the cars had left at that point (We had sent a message to the guest via Airbnb that the police had been notified of the party). The detective currently working on the case told us the police department did not send anyone to the house that night due to a COVID policy. We didn’t hear anything else until the next morning when neighbors noticed the damage to their property.
We have hosted more than 2,000 stays at this property without any issues or neighbor complaints. It has always been important to us that our guests are respectful of our neighbors. We follow the maximum upfront requirements to screen our guests and mitigate parties: Guests must have a profile photo, government issued ID and positive recommendations from other hosts as well as must agree to the house rules, which include a limited guest count, no parties, and a limited number of cars/request to park cars in the driveway. In no way did we imagine this kind of incident would occur. We are inquiring about additional ways to further help protect our property and neighbors, as well as looking into longer term leases as a solution.
We are working closely with the detective investigating this case and have been in contact with Airbnb and our neighbors about what we can do at this point.”

"Everybody is incredibly shook up and that's not an understatement,” said Fling. "We're not used to that, don't want to be used to that and want it gone. It's just not acceptable. This is a residential neighborhood. It's not acceptable to have your neighbor’s house shot up."

Police said they are investigating this shooting. Neighbors said they are just thankful no one was hurt.