York Regional police have identified the victim of a shooting at a prom after-party in Whitchurch-Stoufville on Friday.
Police said officers were called to a home, that was an Airbnb rental used to host the party, on Bloomington Road near Highway 48 around 4 a.m for reports of shots fired.
Officers located a man who was deceased. He was identified Monday as 18-year-old Rizwaan Abookbabar.
Police said they believe a couple hundred people were in attendance at the party when the shooting occurred, but had left the scene before officers arrived at the residence.
“It’s sad… It’s tragic for the town of Whitchurch-Stouffville,” said Richard Bartley, a councillor with the town Friday.
In a statement to Global News on Monday, Airbnb spokesperson Ben Breit said the booking guest was removed from the site and the listing was suspended as the company investigates.
“The safety of our community is our priority, and our thoughts are with the victims of this senseless tragedy. There is no place on Airbnb for such an abhorrent act, which violates everything our Canadian community stands for,” the statement read.
“We stand ready to work with local law enforcement and support their investigation.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the homicide unit at 1-866-876-5423 ext. 7865 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.
—With files from Gabby Rodrigues