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Illinois Man Arrested After Shooting Himself While Dreaming

Lake Barrington, IL – An Illinois man who mistakenly shot himself while he was dreaming has been arrested for possessing a gun after his firearm owner identification card (FOID) was revoked.

The incident began at approximately 9:50 p.m. on April 10, when Lake County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) deputies received a report of a shooting at a home located in the 100-block of Shoreline Road, the sheriff’s office said in a press release.

When deputies arrived at the house, they found 62-year-old Mark Dicara suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg.

“Sheriff’s deputies applied a tourniquet to Dicara’s leg, as he was losing a significant amount of blood,” the LCSO noted.

Investigators said they discovered Dicara was asleep inside his house when he dreamt someone was trying to break into his residence.

Dicara grabbed his .357 Magnum Revolver and fired the gun with the mistaken belief he was shooting the intruder.

“When he fired, he shot himself and apparently woke up from the dream,” the LCSO said.

The bullet traveled through Dicara’s leg and was found lodged in his bedding.

“Fortunately, the round did not travel through a shared wall with Dicara’s neighbors,” the sheriff’s office added.

Investigators confirmed there was no attempted burglary at the man’s home.

Dicara was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his gunshot wound and has since been released.

During the course of the investigation, deputies discovered Dicara’s FOID card had been revoked and that he should not have been in possession of a firearm on the night of the shooting, according to the LCSO.

The reason behind the revocation was not released.

A warrant was issued for his arrest on June 9 on charges of reckless discharge of a firearm and possession of a firearm without a valid FOID card.

Both are felony offenses.

Dicara was arrested on the charges on June 12 and was subsequently released on bail.

His next court hearing is scheduled for June 29.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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