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.
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.
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
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.