New Years Eve Party At Ventnor Air BnB Turns Violent


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.

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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.

4 thoughts on “New Years Eve Party At Ventnor Air BnB Turns Violent”

  1. Why was Margate involved in an incident that happened in Ventnor? Is it that Ventnor didn’t have enough police on NYE?
    Not fair to bring in others. I think homeowner should pay for other police that were there.
    Also, shut this owner down from renting

    1. There’s something called Mutual Aid! That’s when Municipalities, Counties and States help aid each other! Unfortunately you don’t understand that! Police and Fire dept’s back each other up!

  2. Daniel Loveland Sr

    Just traveled to Europe and had an issue with an AirBnB property owner – Property was not as advertised and the owner became hostile when we tried to work through it. The owner demanded the key back and AirBnB did nothing to resolve the issue – we rented hotel rooms and AirBnB refused to do anything to help –

    Something needs to change with the AirBnB model.

    1. The best way to fix the airbnb model is for consumers to realize they are not always booking a professionally run hotel, motel, or b&b. Airbnb can seem attractive because the cost is lower in many cases but you get what you pay for. Being professionally run does not guarantee a good experience but there are certain basic requirements most professional establishments must have (like fire safety or emergency exits for example). Professionally run businesses are in business to turn a profit while many airbnb listings are simply a way to rent out spare space or make a few extra dollars.

      I own a real B&B here in Ventnor and we are required to do things airbnb renters are not. For example we need to have a manager or owner on site or in close proximity when we are occupied (of course as a professional business we want to do this anyway because our customers need quick and easy access to us). We need annual fire inspections which may seem overkill to some but are designed to make sure the transient guest (one who is unfamiliar with a property or area) will be safe and have proper notification and exit routes in the event of a fire. We have state inspections to make sure our buildings meet basic multiple dwelling unit codes again designed to protect transient guests and be sure basic requirements (such as locking doors) are met. We also pay sales and occupancy taxes which work their way back into the government services needed to support tourism and safety.

      My point is our approach to running the business, in most cases, is different. My guess is many people use airbnb with a subconscious expectation of the professional run business not realizing there are few real guidelines and requirements and in some cases can have very bad experiences.

      We do use airbnb as do many real B&B’s but it is very hard for the consumer to know this when they book. I do think Airbnb is recognizing these issues and finding ways to improve.

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