Man Dies after Being Shot at Joliet Restaurant: Police

Gerardo Franchini, 29, of Joliet, died after being shot multiple times at Louis' Family Restaurant in Joliet.

A Joliet man who was shot multiple times while dining with his wife and two daughters Saturday morning at Louis' Family Restaurant has died, according to the Will County Coroner's Office.

Gerardo Franchini, 29, was declared dead at 12:13 p.m. Saturday at Presence St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet.

Franchini was eating breakfast with his family when he was approached by another man and the pair got into a "verbal altercation," Joliet Police Cmdr Brian Benton said. The man pulled out a handgun and fired six or seven times at point-blank range at Franchini, Benton said.

Franchini was rushed to Presence and underwent surgery but did not survive his injuries. No one else was injured in the attack.

Police have the name of a person of interest in the case but have not yet interviewed him, Benton said. It's not known what the two men were fighting about, he said.

Although witnesses, including restaurant Louis Polimenakos, said the two men had argued about 10 to 15 minutes prior to the shooting -- with the suspect leaving and then returning with a handgun -- Joliet police have not yet verified that part of the story.

The restaurant was very crowded at the time of the shooting, and police asked many witnesses to come to the police station to be interviewed, Benton said. More information based on what they saw may be available later, he said.

Hawkguy August 03, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Shiela thinks "Felon in possession of a firearm" is the same as "Concealed carry."
Hawkguy August 03, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Victim Gerardo Franchini; Sentenced in 2011 to four years, on his fourth felony charge. Served half of that sentence. Can't wait to see the shooters name. http://www.google.com/#bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&fp=f3f8a15b7409e0a4&q=Gerardo+Franchini
Hawkguy August 03, 2013 at 07:03 PM
Looks like he got away with murder in 2008?
Martha Aparicio August 03, 2013 at 07:09 PM
scary to think that i take my girls to that restaurant and we can encounter those situations. Nobody is safe anywhere nowadays.
Anna August 03, 2013 at 07:18 PM
huh? ^^
Stephbeth August 03, 2013 at 07:28 PM
Just googled the 'victim'. There is no loss here. Sounds like a problem was taken off the street. He's hot arrest going all the way back to 20 years old....drugs murder...a mess. Too bad his kids had to see it.
Stephbeth August 03, 2013 at 07:35 PM
Hot chocolate...I thought he murdered a woman?
Stephbeth August 03, 2013 at 07:37 PM
And Sheila...we NEED conceal and carry because the ones we need to be afraid of are already carrying!
Clutche August 03, 2013 at 07:55 PM
One less thug on the streets of Joliet
Krista Kordus August 03, 2013 at 08:21 PM
You people are what's wrong with society. He was a good man who was enjoying breakfast with his wife and children. RIP. You will be greatly missed by many.
Hawkguy August 03, 2013 at 08:23 PM
Here is a solution, -keep the felons in prison.
Hawkguy August 03, 2013 at 08:25 PM
A GOOD MAN?? ...not by a long shot... He was a criminal drug dealing murdering thug that got exactly what he deserved.
Stephbeth August 03, 2013 at 08:57 PM
Krista you have a twisted idea of what a 'good' man is. Shame on you for comparing him to actual good men.
Dawn August 03, 2013 at 09:13 PM
May he burn in HELL!!! Right where he belongs. And may his Co-defendent follow him!
Robert Hernandez August 04, 2013 at 03:29 AM
Regardless of the victims prior record its ignorant of the nameless cowards on here with their heartless comments , Im the son of a decorated retired police Lt.George Hernandez who protected our fellow citizens with his life and watched his partner as a rookie get killed and he joined me in extending condolences to this victims family,I have zero tollerence for nameless cowards who make disgusting comment!
Hawkguy August 04, 2013 at 11:42 AM
Condolences to his two little girls, yes. Ultimately though, they are his victims also, and have only their father to blame for this indelible memory that they will carry with them. Zero sympathy for this thug, on the contrary, I celebrate that he is permanently removed from society.
Tony August 04, 2013 at 09:06 PM
Just a little preview of what to expect when the conceal law goes into effect, if Ann would have had a gun she could have killed a few more patrons of the restaurant while trying to break up the fight maybe a few who were outside too. I will be waiting to see the amount of people killed a year after the law goes into effect if I am still alive.The cost of getting a permit and the training are going to keep a lot of people from getting guns but there are still going to be a lotta wannabe cops running around looking for a person to shoot.
Brenda Watts August 04, 2013 at 11:50 PM
people are not born, to kill, hate and be Gay, I feel that is a learned. No one is born a bad seed, whomever made that comment, and as far as checking a persons' background did your momma check your dads' background before she decided to conceive and have you, obviously not with the statement you, just made.
hotchocolate711 August 05, 2013 at 01:28 AM
@steph yes he murdered a woman and also got away with killing my son in 2004
LISA August 05, 2013 at 08:07 AM
just me August 05, 2013 at 08:12 AM
Lisa I agree to a point. How about, you just don't kill someone.
just me August 05, 2013 at 08:16 AM
How about, you just don't kill someone.
J. Ann August 05, 2013 at 02:23 PM
@Sheila M~~no, he really didn't have a C/C, at least not legally. That's the main point---the public, ie those who are interested, need to get trained and feel confident in handling a firearm EFFECTUALLY, so they can be prepared to protect primarily themselves and their family, and possibly others. In this instance, maybe nothing could have been done since it happened so fast, but the offender may have been stopped by someone before he unloaded multiple rounds in the guy, too. All it takes is one properly aimed shot. These illegal "conceal and carry" thugs have no right to terrorize families and children---two of whom will be traumatized for life possibly. And Tony, what is it with Illinois and people who think all these terrible scenarios up? Just look at the records in the other 49 states---it's not the wild west you imagine it will be! Gees.
Herc August 05, 2013 at 04:13 PM
Here's a novel solution bring back the death penalty.
Stephbeth August 08, 2013 at 03:07 PM
Tony...try educating yourself. Conceal and carry is allowed in pretty much every other state, and its NOT an issue. Why do you feel it would be the case here? There's no issues in other states on people acting like 'wannabe' police officers. My boyfriend who IS a police officer fully supports it.
Pat Mack August 12, 2013 at 12:45 AM
I will never tell August 27, 2013 at 11:19 PM
that's real jacked up because people seem to forget that the man who was shot is the son of a mother who has lost her baby...a son to carry on his fathers last name! maybe a brother to a younger kid. or even a uncle to someone!! where the hell is everyone's mind? a parent can only raise their children so far but will ALWAYS love them!!!!!
Phil Lopian August 29, 2013 at 06:31 PM
Everything about the entire thing is terrible. A lot of people were affected by this confrontation in more ways then one. Due to this happening where it did, it has destroyed a family owned business that Louis busted his behind running since the early 90's. I'm a small business owner with a family to raise just like him. Now people are afraid to go there.
Dawn August 29, 2013 at 07:32 PM
He got his dessert to go! He didn't worry about shooting Brenda Greenwood in front of her child and sure as hell did think twice about shoting her daughter in the neck. So please spare me the poor guy crap. That female should have known it was a matter of time. Shame on her for breading with this slob.
rockthatbox September 18, 2013 at 05:59 PM


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