Another ugly, Air BnB story along the Jersey Shore. In the early morning hours of Tuesday January 1 at approx 3am, Ventnor City Police Department responded to reports of a shooting inside a beach block rental home on Vassar Square Ave in Ventnor.
Interesting to note: In order to reduce nuisance renters, Ventnor Commissioners recently approved an ordinance requiring rental property owners to be properly licensed in order to rent their homes on a short-term basis; less than 30 days.
Upon arrival, Ventnor PD encountered a large crowd, close to 100 people, and found one male with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim is a 26-year-old man from Hillside (Union County) New Jersey. He was attending a party at the property when an argument ensued and gun shots were fired.
The victim was transported to Atlanticare Medical Center (Atlantic City) by Ventnor City Fire Department personnel along with Atlanticare Paramedics. He remains in stable condition.
Assistance was provided at the scene from Atlantic City Police Department, Margate City Police Department, and the Atlantic County Prosecutors Office, Major Crimes Unit.
According to VCPD Chief Doug Biagi, the house where the shooting occurred is an Air BnB rental property. Biagi shared via social media that this particular home has been a nuisance property over the past 6 months.
The matter is currently under investigation by the Ventnor City Police Department Detective Bureau. No arrests have been made. No additional information is available at this time. Anyone with information pertaining to this incident is encouraged to contact the Ventnor City Police Department at (609) 822-2101.
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Ventnor City Commissioners have already taken steps to place greater responsibility on owners of Ventnor Air BnB’s and those who rent their properties for less than 30 days. See new Ventnor Rental Ordinance.
Press release prepared by Lieutenant Joe Fussner of Ventnor City Police Department.