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Homeowners Outraged Over Shooting Near Short-Term Rental in Crown Point

Neighbors say short-term rentals are bringing crime to the area

Thursday night, the sound of ear-piercing gunshots rang through Riviera and Edge Cliff drives in the Crown Point area of San Diego.

One homeowner showed NBC 7 how two stray bullets hit cars in his driveway.  His children were just steps away, inside their home. 

San Diego Police Department (SDPD) said an 18-year-old victim was shot twice. He is expected to survive. On Friday, officers remained at the scene of the shooting. The investigation had led officers to a home where several young people were having a party.

The home, neighbors said, is a short-term rental, and has been a problem for months. A sign that reads "for vacation and monthly rentals" sits out front of the property. 

NBC 7 found the listing on VRBO, a vacation rental site, showing it allows nightly rentals.  

Just this week, San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott said short-term rentals are not legal in single family residential zones under the city's current codes.

Crown Point is one of those zones.

Denise Friedman, a board member for the Pacific Beach Town Council has been keeping track of the neighborhood.

"I discovered that there are more than 20 short-term vacation rentals in this area," Freidman said.

Many still choose to rent short-term, like Cinta Burgos who hopes to retire someday in Crown Point. For now, she rents out her home to vacationers.

"It’s a benefit to us because the house isn't empty. It provides a benefit to all the people who really want to come to San Diego and see it," she said.

No arrests have been made yet in the Crown Point shooting.

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