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Joliet man charged in restaurant shooting

Published: Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013 11:55 a.m. CST • Updated: Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013 11:56 a.m. CST

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago man faces a murder charge in a restaurant shooting that left a 29-year-old man dead.

Authorities allege 31-year-old Christopher L. Thompson of Joliet opened fire Saturday in Louis Family Restaurant. Police say Gerardo Franchini was sitting with his family when the shooting happened around 9:30 a.m. The Will County Coroner's Office later pronounced him dead.

The Southtown Star reports police arrested Thompson. Joliet police say he faces murder, unlawful use of weapon and a drug charge. Thompson doesn't have a listed number. It was unclear if he had an attorney.

Online records show he was booked into Will County jail late Saturday.

Restaurant owner Louis Polimenakos says the victim and gunman were sitting separately, but began arguing. He says one left and returned with a gun.

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Information from: Southtown Star, http://www.southtownstar.com

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