Man Faces Gun Charges After Shooting Himself While Dreaming 

Daily Report June 17,2023

It was a case of a bad dream come through for a Chicago man as he faces gun charges after accidentally shooting himself while dreaming about a home invasion.

According to the Daily Caller, a 62-year-old Lake Barrington man —identified as Mark M. Dicara— shot himself in the leg while dreaming that intruders were breaking into his home.

In a press release, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office revealed that deputies responded to Dicara’s home at approximately 9:50 p.m. on April 10. Deputies found Dicara with a gunshot and rendered first aid to stop the 62-year-old from losing too much blood.

Upon further investigation, authorities discovered that Dicara had a dream that someone was breaking into his home. While still asleep, Dicara grabbed his  .357 Magnum Revolver and shot at who he believed was the intruder.

“When he fired, he shot himself and apparently woke up from the dream,” the sheriff’s office said. “Dicara was transported to an area hospital for treatment on his gunshot wound. The round discharged from the firearm went through Dicara’s leg and lodged itself into Dicara’s bedding. Fortunately, the round did not travel through a shared wall with Dicara’s neighbors.”

Authorities said their investigation revealed no burglary attempt was made on Dicara’s home.

The 62-year-old’s problem moved from bad to very bad when authorities discovered he had a  revoked Firearm Owner’s Identification Card (FOID). The FOID is a required document that  Illinois residents must possess to legally own or carry a gun. The Illinois State Police issues the card to qualified candidates.

Upon further review, the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office approves charges of Possession of a Firearm without a Valid FOID Card (Class 3 Felony) and Reckless Discharge of a Firearm (Class 4 Felony).

Authorities arrested Dicara on June 9 and released him after he posted his bond. Dicara’s next court hearing is scheduled for June 29.


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