Shooting in Fox Lake at Dockers Restaurant leaves 1 dead, 1 critically injured, police say

ByCate Cauguiran and ABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Man shoots brother, turns gun on himself at Fox Lake restaurant
A shooting in Fox Lake at Dockers Restaurant between two brothers left one dead and the other critically injured, police said.

FOX LAKE, Ill. (WLS) -- A family dispute turned deadly at Dockers Restaurant in Fox Lake after police said one man shot his brother and then turned the gun on himself.

Investigators said the two brothers used to be co-owners, but now the restaurant is only owned by one of them.

Fox Lake police said they believe the brothers got into an argument in the vicinity of the restaurant's kitchen and shots were fired.

Police said the 56-year-old restaurant owner's brother shot him multiple times, and the victim collapsed outside as he tried to get away. That's when police said the other, 63-year-old brother took his own life.

"I was just shocked, I was totally shocked and I didn't know who it was - it just said two people in the kitchen," said Gary Klatt, who knows the restaurant owner.

The 56-year-old was critically injured and taken to the hospital for treatment.

Neighbors who know the owner are now heartbroken for him and his family. Norine Hileman said he is like a son to her.

"My best friend, he called me every single day, 'Mom, how are you? Mom, do you need anything?'" she said.

There were other people in the restaurant at the time of the shooting, police said.