Word of advice: do not go shooting your guns off late at night in the middle of the night in Queens. Another word of advice: especially if you have an arsenal that would make the NRA proud hiding in your basement.
Michael Milazzo, a 53-year-old native of Ditmars-Steinway, chose August 26th, a cool Sunday night, to test out a few weapons by shooting them off in the air because, you know, why not? Officials investigating the incident obtained a search warrant soon after and rummaged through the man's house. And they found exactly what they were looking for: a shit load
of guns and highly dangerous weapons.
We're talking guns, machetes, mace, brass knuckles, tasers - the whole nine yards here. In other words, 53 counts (one for every year of Milazzo's age!) of criminal weapon possession and a charge of reckless endangerment on behalf of Milazzo for thinking it was safe to shoot off a few rounds in a densely populated area.
Ben Yakas of Gothamist
has a full rundown
of all the weapons found:
- 32 machetes
- 60 knives
- 16 air pistols
- 2 handguns
- 26 mags
- 10,537 rounds
- 1 air rifle
- 7 tasers
- 8 brass knuckles
- 9 batons
- & 10 handcuffs
After seeing this small army cache, officials immediately arrested Milazzo, whose apartment was covered with NRA and military stickers. That makes sense; also, his prior arrest in 2004 for unlawful weapon possession makes sense, too. Nonetheless, neighbors are quite happy he is out of the neighborhood:
Greg Alveras, a resident who lived close by to Milazzo, told the Daily News
, "We're happy that he's gone away. If he came out and shot in the air, what's he going to do next time?"
Because no one likes a neighbor with that many weapons.