CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago police crashed a gang-related party and seized 25 guns early Saturday morning, officials confirm.
Police seized 24 handguns and one rifle at the party in the 1200 block of North Milwaukee Avenue just after 2 a.m.READ MORE: Lollapalooza Now Requiring Masks In Tents And Indoors For All Attendees
Five people were taken into custody and questioned by detectives. Charges are pending.
Overnight, #ChicagoPolice crashed a gang-related party in 1200 Blk of N. Milwaukee Ave & seized over 20 illegal guns. 5 people of interest have been detained & are being questioned by detectives. Trace investigation into guns to see if they are linked to other crimes is underway pic.twitter.com/vok8FO7HZ7
— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) February 1, 2020
Neighbors say the steady stream of raging parties have been an ongoing issue.
“It’s been a problem since day one,” said Michael Wulfstat. “It basically shakes the entire building all night long, sometimes till 5 or 6 in the morning. When I come out after a weekend there’s throw up, beer bottles, cups all over the place.”
The second floor of the building next door to Wulfstat gets rented out on sites like Airbnb, and it was one of those parties police busted.READ MORE: Sprinkler System Floods Skokie Apartment Building While Dousing A Fire
It’s not the first time this has happened in Chicago. Nearly a year ago a party at an Airbnb rental turned into a seven-hour SWAT standoff in Lincoln Park.
Police found two assault rifles and seven handguns.
And just months ago after a deadly mass shooting at an Airbnb party in California, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky had enough, tweeting a ban on house parties, but the ban didn’t do much for the listing on Milwaukee Avenue.
“The best tenants we ever had had to move out after six weeks,” said Wulfstat.
He said he doesn’t want to stop people from running a business, but he also wants to feel safe.
“I don’t mind people having fun,” he said. “I’d just like to live peacefully next to my neighbors.”
Police are investigating whether the guns are linked to other crimes, according to Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.
An Airbnb spokesperson said the listing was removed from the company’s website Saturday, calling what happened “unacceptable.”MORE NEWS: 4 People Shot When Gunman Opens Fire At Crowd In Jackson Park
The representative said if you have a problem with Airbnb neighbors there’s a 24-hour hotline where you can reach out.