Airbnb Host Suffers Gunshot Wounds After Guest Allegedly Opens Fire

Airbnb Host Suffers Gunshot Wounds After Guest Allegedly Opens Fire

SHOTS FIRED: Airbnb Host Gets a Lot More Than She Bargained For From Guest

( – A homeowner has been shot after one of her Airbnb guests opened fire on her during an argument. The Portland, OR, woman was trying to deal with the unruly client when he started shooting. The incident raises serious questions about the safety of services like Airbnb.

Around 8:30 p.m. on May 4, the owner of a Portland Airbnb was trying to talk to her guest, 21-year-old Caveion Lett, through the door of the property he was renting. Instead of opening the door to talk to her, Lett drew a 9mm handgun and fired several rounds through the door, hitting the woman in the chest. When police responded to a report of shots they found her suffering from life-threatening injuries and Letts still locked inside the property.

Lett finally surrendered to cops after “protracted negotiations” and is now being held on charges of second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon. Bail has been set at over $500,000 — and Lett, who has no fixed address, has apparently spent the last two years sofa-surfing, and claims to earn money making TikTok videos, is unlikely to be able to come up with the money.

An Airbnb spokesman said the company is “horrified” by the incident and added Lett has now been banned from their app. They added Airbnb takes the safety of their hosts “incredibly seriously” — but what safeguards are in place to protect hosts from violent tenants? With the growing popularity of Airbnb and services like it, that are sending guests to private homes that don’t employ security personnel, this question needs to be answered urgently.

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