Police, firefighters and paramedics from Fox Lake were dispatched about 1:05 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, 2023 to Dockers restaurant in the 0-100 block of West Grand Avenue in Fox Lake to a report of shots fired. Police officers arrived and located a deceased 63-year-old man just outside of the restaurant. Police officers also located a critically injured 56-year-old man outside of the restaurant approximately 25 yards away from a side door.
Preliminary investigation shows the two men are brothers and previously co-owned the restaurant. The 63-year-old man, Marciano Martinez, traveled to the restaurant, which his brother Mario Martinez Benitez still owns, to confront his brother about an ongoing feud. Police say the feud was believed to be over money. During the argument, which initially took place in the kitchen, the 63-year-old man brandished a firearm and shot his brother. The 56-year-old (Mario) was able to flee outside, but his brother (Marciano) followed him and continued shooting at him. Mario collapsed outside after being shot multiple times.
Fox Lake police revealed that one person was killed in a shooting at a restaurant on Grand Avenue Tuesday afternoon, May 16, 2023 (ABC 7 Chicago). YouTube Tips ⓘ
Preliminary investigation indicates that Marciano Martinez, age 63, fatally shot himself just outside of the restaurant before the arrival of first responders. Mario Martinez Benitez was transported to Level 1 Trauma Center Advocate Condell Medical Center, where he remains, with critical injuries.
Fox Lake Police requested the assistance of the Lake County Major Crime Task Force to assist with evidence technician duties. Fox Lake Police Detectives are leading the continuing investigation.
Mario Martinez Benitez has previously helped the police with the Shop With a Copy program in Fox Lake.
An argument between two brothers reportedly turned deadly following a shooting inside a restaurant kitchen in Fox Lake Tuesday evening (WGN News). YouTube Tips ⓘ
A shooting and suicide occurred at Dockers Restaurant in Fox Lake Tuesday afternoon, May 16, 2023 (CBS Chicago). YouTube Tips ⓘ
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