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Tampa homeowner charged for renting out property after party leads to shooting

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Posted at 1:43 PM, Apr 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 10:56:06-04

TAMPA, Fla. — A Tampa homeowner was charged for violating the stay-at-home order after a shooting occurred at her house party Friday night.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said deputies were called to 3209 W Clinton Street just before 1 a.m. on Friday for reports of a shooting.

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Several juveniles were involved in an altercation that led to shots being fired from a vehicle and into a home by an unknown juvenile.

The people involved fled the scene before deputies arrived.

No one was injured in the shooting.

During the investigation, deputies learned that the property owner Natalia Rodriguez Cuervo, 23, rented her property via Airbnb for a two-night rental that began on April 17.

The occupants rented the property for the purpose of having a party.

Cuervo told deputies she was unaware of the Governor's extension of the stay-at-home order, which applies to vacation rental closures.

She was charged with violating the executive order.

“Alleged ignorance of the law is no excuse for not following it. Our deputies have worked for weeks to educate and encourage the public to follow the emergency orders,“ said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “As I’ve stated continuously, we will continue to enforce the emergency orders, especially when blatant disregard for them puts the lives of others in danger. It is important that we hold those who violate the orders accountable, no matter who they are, so the sacrifice of so many is not wasted by the irresponsibility of the few.”

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.