COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus police say officers broke up two large gatherings — one involving guns being recovered — in the south side of the city this weekend amid the state's stay-at-home order.
According to a release posted to social media by police, officers were called to a house in the 1200 block of Oakwood Avenue at around 11:30 p.m. Saturday on a report of loud music at an Airbnb.
Officers told the renters of the state’s stay-at-home order, to which the renters said only a couple of people were coming over.
Just past midnight, officers were called back to the house on a large fight, where they saw more than 30 people inside and outside. Police say the officers dispersed the crowd and gained order.
Police say officers were then called at 12:19 a.m. Sunday to the 500 block of Jackson Street on a report of another large party at an Airbnb.
A person told officers that there were around 60 people inside the residence, according to police.
When officers knocked on the door, one person looked out the door and the lights were turned off and the blinds were closed. Officers saw an object, which turned out to be a loaded handgun, fly out an upstairs window into a yard next door. Officers then saw through a window on the door that people with rifles and handguns were running out the back door.
As officers ran around the back, a person told them that someone loaded a white SUV with rifles.
Police say officers detained several people from fleeing. One male was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and three guns were recovered, two of which were reported stolen.