Lincoln Park: Man shot at party inside short-term rental apartment, police say

A 31-year-old man is in good condition after being shot inside a short-term rental apartment in Lincoln Park early Sunday, police said.

Officers responded to the area of Dayton and Wrightwood to investigate reports of shots fired in the area around 4:30 a.m. The victim soon appeared at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment of a graze wound above his right buttock, according to CPD. He was in good condition.

Another person who attended the party was taken to St. Joseph’s hospital for a minor laceration, according to police, but no further information was available about the individual or their injuries.

Cops eventually found a crime scene including five shell casings, blood splatter, and a live bullet inside the rental unit at 950 West Wrightwood, according to a CPD report.

Police said some occupants of the apartment were detained, but witnesses have been uncooperative.

Listings for the 3000-square-foot party house claim it can accommodate 16 people in four beds with 2.5 bathrooms for under $400 per night. Features include an 80” television, poker table, and a chef’s kitchen built around a 12-foot island, according to one listing. There are also “multiple deluxe air mattresses available” and “two plush sofas.”

Lincoln Park Alderman Michele Smith (43rd), whose ward includes the scene of Sunday’s incident, has spent years fighting for tougher restrictions on short-term rental properties in the city.

Just four months ago, some Lincoln Park residents were “relieved” that the city passed a new ordinance that, among other things, bans one-night apartment rentals in the city, according to CBS2.

“This ordinance is a needed change; for too long, communities have suffered from out of control ‘party houses,’ in my ward and throughout the city,” Smith told the TV station. “Now Chicago residents who want to restrict short term rentals in their community will be able to petition to keep them out of their precinct.”

A spokesperson for Airbnb confirmed that its platform was used to rent accommodations in the Wrightwood building for Saturday night, but they would not confirm if the unit rented is where the shooting took place.

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