A 62-year-old man has been charged after he accidentally shot himself while having a dream of someone breaking into his home in Lake Barrington, authorities said.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded around 9:50 p.m. on April 10 to a report of a person shot in the 100 block of Shoreline Road in Lake Barrington.
Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the home and located the victim, Mark M. Dicara, 62, with a gunshot wound to the leg, according to Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli.
Sheriff’s deputies applied a tourniquet to Dicara’s leg because he was losing a significant amount of blood.
Deputies learned that Dicara had a dream that someone was breaking into his home, Covelli said.
Covelli said Dicara retrieved his .357 Magnum Revolver and shot at who he believed was the intruder.
He ended up shooting himself and woke up from the dream.
Dicara was transported to an area hospital for treatment of his gunshot wound.
The round discharged from the firearm went through Dicara’s leg and lodged itself into his bedding.
“Fortunately, the round did not travel through a shared wall with Dicara’s neighbors,” Covelli said.
Deputies confirmed there was not a burglary attempt at Dicara’s residence.
Dicara had a revoked Firearm Owners Identification card at the time of the incident.
The case was reviewed by the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office which approved charges of reckless discharge of a firearm and possession of a firearm without a valid FOID card.
A warrant was obtained on Friday and a judge set bond at $150,000 on the warrant.
Dicara was arrested and processed at the Lake County Jail on Monday. He was released after posting 10% of his bond.
Dicara is scheduled to appear in court again on June 29.