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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.

Pat Mack August 12, 2013 at 12:45 AM
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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
HAY LETS GO TO STARBUCKS,, THEY DON'T LET GUNS IN THERE

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